Congratulations to Ohio for Becoming 25th State to Legalize Marijuana

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In April 2016, Governor John Kasich introduced a bill in Ohio that would make the state the 25th that was successful at legalizing medical marijuana. Now, after some changes, that bill has just recently been signed into law. The House passed it on May 25 and the cannabis bill cleared the Senate by two votes.

In 90 days, it will go into effect and, by this fall, Ohioans will have the opportunity to use medical marijuana if they have a health condition that is approved and cannabis recommended by their physician. Those approved health conditions will include Alzheimer’s, chronic pain, cancer, HIV/AIDS, PTSD, as well as a number of other conditions.

In spite of the fact that patients in the state are being allowed the use of marijuana, it will take until 2017 to 2018 for licensing of suppliers and growers. According to lawmakers, it could take eight months just to create those rules. So, for a year or so, patients in Ohio will have to get their weed from other states.

And although marijuana legalization is a major step forward for Ohio, there’s room for more improvement, according to the cannabis community. Marijuana users still aren’t going to be allowed to grow their own weed and they won’t be able to smoke it either. Consumption is limited to edibles, oils, patches and vaporizing. In addition, a cannabis user can still be fired by their employer if it is prohibited.

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