The Ohio House of Representatives passed a medical marijuana bill Tuesday, sending the proposal to the Senate for a final vote. Ohio officials have said they expect the legislature to enact the law by the end of the month, and the program to be up and running in two years.
The bill gives a commission two years to come up with licensing rules and distribution regulations, and does not allow the smoking of medical marijuana.
Despite the legislature’s apparent plan to legalize medical marijuana, activists working to put their own proposal on the November ballot say lawmakers’ plan is too restrictive.
“It’s a shame lawmakers couldn’t have made history with a vote on a substantive and meaningful medical marijuana bill,” Aaron Marshall, spokesman for Ohioans for Medical Marijuana, said in a press release. “Today’s vote will only bring false hope and empty promises to Ohioans suffering from debilitating conditions who need medical marijuana.”
Read more about the competing proposals here.