Medical marijuana will soon be legal in Ohio.
On June 8, Gov. John Kasich signed a plan to legalize medical marijuana in three months' time, Cincinnati.com reports.
The legislation, which was sponsored by Republican State Rep. Stephen Huffman, was passed in May by the Ohio House and Senate. Kasich did not state whether he supported legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, but did say he would follow the recommendations of doctors and wanted to help children in pain.
Doctors will be able to treat those suffering from certain conditions including cancer, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s disease, AIDS, and epilepsy with medical marijuana in vapor, edible, and oil form. Patients will not be allowed to smoke it or grow it at their home.
Once the plan takes effect in 90 days, medical marijuana will be legal but the program is not expected to be fully operational for about two years, according to ABC News.
On Sept. 6, patients from Ohio with a recommendation from their doctor to use medical marijuana will be allowed to purchase it from other states where it is legal, according to Cincinnati.com. Once the program is fully operational, they will no longer be able to bring marijuana from another state to Ohio.
The legislation does give cities and towns the option to ban dispensaries or limit how many exist. It also mandates that licensed cultivators, processors, dispensaries, and testing laboratories may not be within 500 feet of a school, church, public library, playground, or park.
Employers will still be allowed to enforce drug testing policies and drug-free workplaces.
Ohio is the 25th state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. Recreational use of marijuana is still illegal in the state.