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

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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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Initiative to Legalize Medical Cannabis Introduced in Ohio

medmarThe nonprofit organization Ohioans for Medical Marijuana has released the text of their initiative to legalize medical cannabis in Ohio, which the group is attempting to place on this November’s ballot.

Under the proposed law, those with a qualifying condition – including AIDS, cancer, PTSD and severe pain, among others – who receive a recommendation from a physician can legally possess, use and grow (up to six plants) cannabis for medical purposes. State-licensed cannabis cultivation centers, testing facilities and dispensaries would also be legalized.

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Poll Finds 3 out of 4 Ohio Voters Support Legalizing Medical Cannabis

ohioApproximately three out of four Ohio voters support amending the state constitution to legalize the medical use of cannabis, according to a new poll by Public Policy Polling released today.

The survey of 672 randomly selected Ohio voters was conducted February 17-18, just as advocates are preparing to launch a campaign in support of a constitutional ballot initiative to legalize medical cannabis. It found 74% of voters in favor and only 22% opposed with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8%.

“It’s become pretty common knowledge that marijuana can be incredibly beneficial in the treatment of a variety of medical conditions,” said Mason Tvert, a spokesperson for Ohioans for Medical Marijuana (OMM), a committee that has been formed to support the forthcoming initiative.

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Ohio Voters Reject Cannabis Legalization Initiative

ohioOhio voters have overwhelmingly rejected Issue 3, which would have legalized recreational cannabis for those 21 and older.

Although polling heading into the election found majority support for cannabis legalization among Ohio voters, they ultimately decided that Issue 3 isn’t the right approach. Many are blaming the loss on the controversial provision that would have guaranteed the state’s ten licensed cultivation centers to investors of the initiative, a move many – including the state in their official summary of the proposal – call a monopoly.

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Ohio Cannabis Legalization Initiative Being Voted on Today

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It’s Tuesday, November 3rd (EST), meaning it’s election day, and in Ohio, voters will have the opportunity to make their state the fifth to legalize recreational cannabis. Unless the votes are incredibly close (which is definitely possible), we should know the fate of Issue 3 sometime after polls close at 8PM.

If approved into law by voters, Issue 3 will legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for everyone 21 and older, or up to eight ounces for those who receive a license from the state. Those with a license will also be able to cultivate an unlimited number of sprouting cannabis plants, and up to four flowering plants.

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Ohio Cannabis Legalization Initiative Being Voted On in Two Days

cannabisbudThe Ohio cannabis legalization initiative Issue 3 will be voted on in just two days, on Tuesday, November 3rd. The proposal would legalize the possession, private cultivate and state-licensed distribution of cannabis for those 21 and older.

If passed into law, Ohio would become the fifth state in the U.S. to have legal recreational cannabis. A recent Akron Buckeye Poll shows support for the initiative at a complete tie, with 46% of Ohio voters in support of the measure, and 46% against, with the remaining 8% undecided. A poll released earlier this month by Quinnipiac University found 53% of Ohio voters to be in support of legalizing cannabis, though that poll didn’t question voters specifically on Issue 3.

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Ohio Cannabis Legalization Initiative, Issue 3, Being Voted on Next Week

issue 3Ohio Issue 3, which would legalize the possession, cultivation and distribution of recreational cannabis, will be voted on in just eight days, on November 3rd, and polling has it in a tight race.

Although the official general election ballot occurs on November 3rd, early voting has been underway for quite some time. A new Akron Buckeye Poll shows Issue 3 in a dead heat, with 46% of Ohio voters in support of the measure, and 46% against, with the remaining 8% undecided. A poll released earlier this month by Quinnipiac University found a similar percentage of opposition – 44% – though that poll found 53% to be in support.

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