COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio took a big step forward Tuesday to becoming the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana.
The Ohio House on Tuesday approved a bill legalizing marijuana use for people with qualifying medical conditions with a doctor’s recommendation. House Bill 523 passed in a 71-26 vote and now heads to the Senate.
Rep. Stephen Huffman, the bill’s sponsor and an emergency room physician, recited part of the Hippocratic Oath on the House floor as he urged colleagues to vote “yes.”
“I am absolutely convinced that there is therapeutic value in medical marijuana,” Huffman, a Tipp City Republican, said.
He said the bill reflects patients’ needs and desires of all Ohioans and will be a model for other states to follow. [Read more at Cleveland.com]