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Ohio Lawmakers Rethink Legalization, Medical Marijuana For Autism Passes Health Committee

Under the proposed bill, #Ohio residents age 21 and older would be allowed to legally buy and own 2.5 #ounces of #marijuana and 15 grams of concentrates. The Secretary of Ohio State’s Office confirmed that cannabis activists have collected enough signatures from registered voters to put a marijuana legalization measure before lawmakers.

The Office validated more than 10,000 outstanding signatures. Previously in December, the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like #Alcohol confirmed it had collected 206,943 signatures for a bill that would allow #adults to buy and possess #cannabis. It turned out later that they were lacking more than 13,000 signatures to put the initiative before #legislators. Now, with enough validated signatures, lawmakers have a #four-month deadline within which to proceed with the legislation. If they reject the bill or approve a changed version, supporters can collect another 132,887 signatures to place the measure on the #ballot in the next #election.

Additionally under the bill residents will be allowed to #cultivate up to six #plants individually and no more than 12 in a household with several adults. “We are ready and eager to work with Ohio legislators over the next four months to legalize the adult use of marijuana in Ohio,” CTRMLA spokesman Tom Haren said in a #press release.

Furthermore, the Ohio #House #Health Committee passed a bipartisan bill that would add #autism #spectrum disorder to the list of conditions for which #physicians can recommend medical marijuana.As House Bill 60 heads to the House Rules and Reference Committee, made up of House leaders who decide when and whether to put bills on the floor. #Rep. Bill Seitz, a #Cincinnati #Republican who is sponsoring the bill with Rep. Juanita Brent, a #Cleveland #Democrat, said he is optimistic the bill could get a floor vote in coming weeks.

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