The Ohio Department of Commerce, State Medical Board and Board of Pharmacy will supervise the use of medical marijuana in the state.
Local jurisdictions would be allowed to block medical marijuana dispensaries and businesses from moving into their areas.
Last year, ResponsibleOhio put a proposed constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot that would have legalized marijuana for both medical and recreational use and granted exclusive growing rights to the 10 investor groups bankrolling the campaign. Voters soundly rejected the proposal. But polls showed that 80 to 90 percent of Ohioans favor legalizing medical marijuana.
The bill was sponsored in the House by state Rep. Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, a doctor.
Huffman said Ohio took “an important step to both help Ohioans suffering from a wide range of pain and illnesses and in safeguarding our state’s constitution.”
Conditions eligible for medical marijuana in Ohio
AIDS, ALS, Alzheimer’s, cancer, chronic pain, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy or other seizure disorder, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, spinal cord conditions, Tourette’s syndrome, traumatic brain injury and sickle cell anemia.
Staff Writer Laura Bischoff contributed to this report.