Both chambers of the state’s Republican-led legislature have approved legislation that will lead to the legalization of marijuana use but only for medical purposes. The measure which passed by just a margin of three votes now awaits the approval of the Republican Governor John Kasich.
According to Sen. Kenny Yuko, marijuana legalization will go a long way in decreasing the suffering of many Ohioans. The proposal sounds limiting given that its users cannot smoke or grow it at home and must be in distress of a particular medical condition.
However, it can still be used in vapor form especially by those who suffer from chronic diseases. The bill is not at its best, but it is better than nothing. It will nonetheless, need regulation and licensing, tasks that should be carried out by the State Department of Commerce.
Previously, doctors could not recommend marijuana to their patients for fear of victimization since the Federal Law does not recognize the legality of the drug. This will now be a thing of the past if the bill takes home a win but the doctors would have to seek a recommendation from the medical board.
Among the opponents of the bill was Sen. Jay Hottinger, a Newark Republican whose argument was based on lack of adequate proof of the medical benefits of marijuana. Sen. Bill Coley, R-Liberty Township, who was partially in support of the bill, said that it was much better than the proposed Sen. Bill Coley, R-Liberty Township,
In response to Hotlinger’s claims, Sen. Bill Seitz, a Cincinnati Republican said that Marijuana was not as harmful as cocaine. He is calling on all the Republicans to support the measure. At the same time, he is urging the federal government to recall the drug from being a Schedule I dangerous substances.
The signing of the bill by Kasich will give Ohio the 25th position of the states that have legalized medical marijuana. Nevertheless, a spokesman for the Governor’s office could not disclose whether or not the governor was in support of the bill.