Ohio is one step away from legalizing medical marijuana. The Ohio Legislature recently passed a bill that would legalize medical marijuana. The change isn’t perfect, but it’s better than nothing, and it will help at least some patients. Exactly how many? That’s anyone’s guess right now. But one thing is for sure, if the Governor doesn’t sign the bill, NO patients will be helped. Below is a legislative alert that I received today. If you live in Ohio, contact your Governor and show your support:
Thanks to countless supporters from across the state, on May 25, the Ohio Senate followed the House’s lead and approved Ohio’s medical marijuana bill — HB 523. It will soon be sent to Gov. Kasich’s desk for his signature.
Please ask Gov. Kasich to sign HB 523 so that seriously ill Ohioans can access this safe and effective treatment.
HB 523, sponsored by Rep. Stephen Huffman (R-Tipp City), allows patients with certain qualifying conditions to access medical marijuana from state-licensed dispensaries, so long as their doctors recommend it for treatment. Gov. Kasich said he will support a medical marijuana program if it’s “a good bill,” but he hasn’t specifically addressed HB 523.
While we are very optimistic that the governor will sign this bill, he should hear from some of the 90% of Ohio voters who support this compassionate measure.
Though the bill is far from perfect, it is an enormous improvement over current law, and would make Ohio the 25th state to adopt a workable medical marijuana law. This important bill deserves our support.
Please tell the governor you are counting on him to sign HB 523. Then, please pass this message on to friends, family, and other supporters in Ohio so they can make their voices heard, too.
Senior Legislative Analyst
Marijuana Policy Project