When it comes to weed legalization in Ohio, the state legislature is still waiting for federal approval.
As of Thursday, a bill signed into law by Ohio Governor John Kasich would legalize possession and consumption of marijuana, making it legal for adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of the drug.
The measure passed by a vote of 64-32 and now awaits the governor’s signature.
The law would also allow Ohioans 21 and over to grow up to six plants at home and to possess and consume up to three ounces of the marijuana they grow.
The bill also establishes a medical marijuana program for adults over the age of 21.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said he was pleased the bill passed the House and Senate and would now move to the state Senate.
The governor has indicated he is open to legalizing marijuana.
“I don’t think there is any question that if we had a legal medical marijuana system in place, we would be in a better position than we are today,” DeWene said on Wednesday.
“But I do want to be clear about the fact that this bill is not about legalizing pot.
It is about protecting children from having their lives taken away from them.
And we are not going to do that in this state.”
Marijuana legalization advocates say the bill will be a boon for Ohioans who want to get high but don’t have the money to do so.
“This is the first time I think I’ve ever heard of that the governor is going to sign it into law,” said Kevin Reuter, who is a medical doctor and founder of the Ohio Cannabis Coalition.
“It will allow Ohio adults to access medical marijuana without having to go through the costly and dangerous bureaucratic process that currently exists in other states.
It’s a huge step forward for our state.”