In June, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law a measure that legalizes marijuana for use by patients with 21 conditions, such as cancer, traumatic brain injury or chronic pain. It allows medical marijuana edibles, oils, patches and vaporizing but not smoking or home growing. The law provides a regulatory framework but leaves details up to state agencies to hammer out. The law gives state regulators two years to get the entire program up and running.
Regulation will be handled by three state agencies:
¦The Ohio Department of Commerce will run a seed-to-sale program and oversee the licensed cultivators.
¦The State Medical Board of Ohio will certify doctors who are eligible for recommend marijuana for their patients.
¦ The Ohio Pharmacy Board will register patients and caregivers and oversee dispensaries, including deciding how many there should be statewide.
Ohio is among 25 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized medical marijuana. Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington have legalized pot for recreational use as well. Voters in five more states — Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada — will decide Tuesday whether to legalize adult use of marijuana.
Polls show growing support for legal pot. A Gallup survey released last month shows 60 percent of Americans support making marijuana legal.