A proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio squeaked through a critical Senate panel Wednesday over the opposition of some Republicans and Democrats, signaling a busy day of last-minute political deal-cutting as lawmakers seek to wrap up work before their summer break.
The Senate passed HB 253 by an 18-15 vote with some changes, sending the bill back to the House of Representatives for final approval before it heads to Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s desk.
Many legislators were anticipating a long night, as the House and Senate planned votes on dozens of bills before they recess until after the November election.
Lawmakers are rushing the marijuana bill out before their summer recess as ammunition against a well-funded medical marijuana issue working its way to fall ballots. [Read more at NBC4i.com]