Ohio Becomes the 25th State to Legalize Medicinal Marijuana

On June 8, Ohio Governor Kasich signed into law the Medical Marijuana Control Program (House Bill 523), making it the 25th state to legalize medicinal marijuana.

It will allow patients to use several forms of marijuana products, including oils, tinctures, edibles, patches and vapors. However, the law prohibits users from smoking or growing marijuana in their homes. 

The law will take effect in 90 days, allowing patients with a doctor’s recommendation to travel to neighboring states like Michigan and Pennsylvania that already allow for medical marijuana, and legally obtain the drug and bring it back across state lines.  Within two years, Ohio must set up its own state-run or licensed system to grow, test, and dispense medical marijuana. 

Passage of the bill headed off a medical marijuana ballot initiative in November, which likely would have been less restrictive.  Following passage, Ohioan’s for Medical Marijuana suspended signature collection, saying that the law was a “step forward” and a “moderately good piece of legislation.”