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"COLUMBUS — In a sign of what may be coming later today, a bill to legalize marijuana for medical use in Ohio narrowly cleared a committee on its way to the Senate floor today. House Bill 523 — sponsored by Rep. Stephen Huffman (R., Tipp City), a physician — passed the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee by a vote of 7-5 that crossed party lines. The bill would set up a state-regulated system to grow, process, test, and dispense pot for medical purposes, in part to get ahead of a more liberal proposed constitutional amendment that could appear on the fall ballot. RELATED ARTICLE: Ohio Senate revises marijuana bill The bill prohibits smoking and home-growing of marijuana, requiring patients to get their cannabis through state-licensed retail dispensaries. The House", www.toledoblade.com
"A proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio squeaked through a critical Senate panel Wednesday over opposition of some Republicans and Democrats, signaling a busy day of political deal-cutting ahead as lawmakers head into their summer break.", www.washingtontimes.com
"The first major poll of Ohio voters released since Gov. John Kasich and Ted Cruz dropped out of the presidential race last week shows the race may be very close here. And the Quinnipiac poll also shows a close contest in the US Senate race in Ohio. But 90% said they back medical marijuana. And more than half say they support allowing adults to possess small amounts of pot for personal use. Planned Parenthood is taking the state to court over a law signed in February that stripped $1.4 million in government funding for cancer screenings, HIV tests and more.", www.ideastream.org
"A legislative vote on medical marijuana is coming down to the wire with the outcome in doubt today in the Ohio Senate. A Senate committee voted 7-5 this morning for House Bill 523, legislation that would allow Ohioans with certain medical conditions to legally obtain medical marijuana from a doctor. The bill, with a few minor amendments, is expected to be voted on the Senate floor in an afternoon session.", www.dispatch.com
"COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A legislative proposal to regulate medical marijuana through Ohio's pharmacy board was scrapped Tuesday over concerns the rare setup nationally would create an undue burden on the state. GOP Sen. Bill Coley, who chairs the committee considering the fast-tracked medical marijuana bill, said the new plan still requires pharmacists at dispensaries but leaves doctors under the medical board and places cultivation and processing under the state Commerce Department. The House plan, approved May 10, created a nine-member Medical Marijuana Control Commission to set rules for cultivating, distributing and licensing cannabis. In prepared testimony Tuesday, Ohio Pharmacists Association director Ernest Boyd said his members had been on the fence about supporting pharmacists even working at medical marijuana dispensaries because of the drug's legal status — let alone the pharmacy board overseeing the whole program.", www.chron.com
"COLUMBUS — With a vote expected today, the Ohio Senate has revised a landmark bill legalizing marijuana for medical use to more closely resemble a competing proposed constitutional amendment that could appear on the fall ballot. While House Bill 523 still prohibits smoking and home-growing of marijuana, the bill now contains a provision to allow patients to begin using marijuana while waiting for the state to set up the program. The affirmative defense would allow those armed with recommendations from their physicians to obtain marijuana products legally in another state and properly use it in Ohio without fear of criminal prosecution. That window would open when the law takes effect, 90 days after Gov. John Kasich’s signature, and close 60 days after the state begins accepting", www.toledoblade.com
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