Ohio House Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

Ohio House Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

All that remains for medical marijuana legalization in Ohio is governor John Kasich’s signature.

The Ohio House approved House Bill 523 Wednesday night (67-28), hours after the Senate passed passed it by an 18-15 vote.

The bill state representatives overwhelming passed earlier in the House (70-25) bars patients from growing pot at home or smoking it, but allows them to use it in vapor form.

Under the legislation, a nine-member Medical Marijuana Control Commission would set rules for cultivating, distributing and licensing cannabis.

Communities could opt out of hosting dispensaries. Employers who want to maintain drug-free workplaces would be protected from liability, which has drawn some criticism.

The one new amendment added on Wednesday would prevent medical marijuana users from being discriminated when it comes to employment and housing.

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