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$24 Million Medical Research Center Hinges on Ohio Legalizing Marijuana

A nonprofit foundation linked to an Ohio State University microbiologist plans to build a $24 million medical marijuana research center near Columbus if voters approve legalizing pot on Nov. 3.

Michael Ibba, chairman of the OSU Microbiology Department and co-director of the Cellular and Molecular Biochemistry Training Program, is on the board of the newly formed International Cannabinoid Institute Research Foundation. It claims to be an independent group of researchers, medical professionals, technology experts, engineers and patient advocates committed to the discovery of advanced treatments using medicinal marijuana.

I reported in March that researchers at the University of Cincinnati and at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center are eager to determine whether medical marijuana can help ward off seizures in adults and children with epilepsy. Issue 3 also would allow medical marijuana for Ohioans suffering from cancer, Alzheimer’s, post-traumatic stress disorder or other chronic illnesses.

ResponsibleOhio, the political action committee leading the effort to legalize pot, launched a statewide TV commercial on Tuesday that discusses the benefits of medical marijuana. [Read more at the Cincinnati Business Courier]

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