Ohio Officially Becomes America’s 25th Medical Marijuana State

Ohio Officially Becomes America’s 25th Medical Marijuana State

Governor John Kasich signed Ohio’s medical cannabis bill into law yesterday making the midwest state America’s 25th official medical marijuana state.

An outspoken critic of medical marijuana, Kasich waited two weeks to sign the bill which was approved by both the state’s House and Senate in late May. The governor likely approved this bill since it’s a restrictive one that prevents Ohio’s medical cannabis patients from inhaling marijuana smoke.

As is the case in similar restricted medical marijuana states like New York and Minnesota, the law permits patients to vaporize and ingest edibles, tinctures, and cannabis pills. Qualifying patients are prohibited from growing cannabis in their homes.

In response, a more liberal bill spearheaded by the Marijuana Policy Project that hoped to make November’s ballot recently ended its own campaign. While this decision will prevent Ohio’s patients without chronic health issues from accessing medical marijuana, at least some patients in the state will see safe access.

The program expects to begin serving patients in two years after the licensing and regulatory process has been completed.

Bernie Canter

Connecticut Poised to Allow Sick Kids to Use Medical Marijuana

Connecticut Poised to Allow Sick Kids to Use Medical Marijuana

Chronically ill children in Connecticut should soon be able to safely access medical marijuana.

A bill to provide seriously ill children with medicine recently passed the state’s Senate and House legislators. Governor Dannel Malloy is expected to sign the bill into law at any moment.

Connecticut has had medical cannabis since 2012, but dispensaries began gradually opening last year and the state’s young patients in need still remain without safe access.

When Governor Malloy gives his signature to this bill, children suffering from severe forms epilepsy, like the debilitating Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, will be finally able to legally access cannabis rich oils (CBD) to help deal treat persistent pain. To gain a prescription for cannabis, two doctors would have to give each child a prescription.

However, minors in Connecticut won’t be smoking up any time soon: kids will only be allowed liquid forms of marijuana.

Bernie Canter

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