Medical Cannabis Now Legal in Ohio

Medical Cannabis Now LegalMedical cannabis is now legal in Ohio thanks to House Bill 523 taking effect. Unfortunately, however, legal cannabis sales won’t begin for another 18 to 24 months as the state’s medical cannabis industry gets up and running.

Under the new law, those with a qualifying condition who receive a recommendation from a physician will be allowed to possess up to a 90-day supply of cannabis, including edibles, oils and topicals. A 90-day supply is determined by the patients physician. Qualifying conditions include Alzheimer’s disease, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, glaucoma, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), cancer, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), fibromyalgia, hepatitis C, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic intractable pain, Parkinson’s disease, post traumatic stress disorder; sickle cell anemia; spinal cord disease or injury, Tourette’s syndrome, ulcerative colitis and traumatic brain injury.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich Signs Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill Into Law

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Ohio Governor John Kasich has signed into law legislation (House Bill 523) that makes Ohio the next state to legalize the medical use of cannabis and cannabis medicines. The governor’s signature comes roughly two weeks after the measure was passed in the House of Representatives 67 to 28, which followed an 18 to 15 vote in the Senate.

Under the new law, those who receive a recommendation from a physician will be allowed to purchase, possess and use cannabis and cannabis medicines. Although smoking cannabis would unfortunately remain prohibited, vaporizing cannabis would be allowed, as would ingesting it through a variety of other methods such as oils, tinctures and edibles.

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Ohio Senate Committee Votes to Pass Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill

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Ohio’s Senate’s State and Local Government Committee has given approval to House Bill 523, a proposal to legalize the medical use of cannabis medicines. The measure was recently passed by the full House of Representatives with a 71 to 26 vote.

Under the proposed law, the possession, use and retail distribution of cannabis and cannabis products legal for those who receive a recommendation from a physician, although smoking cannabis would remain prohibited (vaporizing would be allowed, as would consumption through edibles, tinctures and other methods such as topicals).

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Ohio House Passes Medical Cannabis Legalization Legislation in 71 to 26 Vote

Medical MarijuanaHouse Bill 523, a legislative proposal to legalize the medical use of cannabis medicines, has been given approval by Ohio’s full House of Representatives. The vote was 71 to 26.

The bill, which now moves to the Senate, would make the possession, use and retail distribution of cannabis and cannabis products legal for those who receive a recommendation from a physician. Smoking cannabis would remain prohibited – something which has rightfully drawn the ire of medical cannabis advocates and potential patients – though vaporizing would be allowed, as would consumption through edibles, tinctures and other methods such as topicals.

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Ohio Committee Passes Measure to Legalize Medical Cannabis

ohioOhio’s Select Committee on Medical Marijuana has given approval to House Bill 523, a proposal to legalize medical cannabis. The bill now moves towards a vote in the full House of Representatives.

Under the proposed law, the possession, use and retail distribution of cannabis and cannabis products would be legal for those who receive a recommendation from a physician. Unfortunately and oddly smoking cannabis would be prohibited, though vaporizing would be allowed, as would consumption through edibles, tinctures and other methods such as topicals.

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Ohio Initiative to Legalize Medical Cannabis and Hemp Clears Hurdle

By Associated Press

ohioA statewide ballot issue seeking to legalize both medical marijuana and industrial hemp in Ohio this fall has cleared an initial hurdle with Attorney General Mike DeWine certifying the petition summary.

Thursday’s action sends the Grassroots Ohio measure to the Ohio Ballot Board, which determines whether it’s one issue or two.

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Super Majority of Voters Support Legalizing Medical Cannabis in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania

By Paul Armentano, NORML

medical cannabisSuper-majorities of voters believe that medical cannabis should be legal, and most men additionally support legalizing marijuana for all adults, according to the results of a Quinnipiac University Swing State poll.

Pollsters gauged support for marijuana law reform in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

Florida voters backed legalizing cannabis therapy by a margin of 87 percent to 12 percent. A majority of male voters (57 percent) also supported broader legalization, while only 49 percent of women agreed.

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