Ohio Gov. Kasich signs bill to legalize medical marijuana

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kaisch (KAY-sik) has signed a bill legalizing a fast-tracked medical marijuana program in the state.

Kasich signed the legislation Wednesday that would allow people to use the drug in vapor form for certain chronic health conditions. The bill bars patients from smoking marijuana or growing it at home.

A count by the National Conference of State Legislatures shows Kasich’s signature makes Ohio the 25th state to legalize a comprehensive medical marijuana program.

Ohio’s bill drew both support and opposition from Republicans and Democrats when it passed last month. Lawmakers sought to offset support for a proposed fall ballot issue.

The law takes effect in 90 days, though the medical marijuana program won’t be running by then. It’s expected to be fully operational in about two years.

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