Ohio Poised To Become America’s 21st Medical Marijuana State As Illinois Legalizes

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Weed - Ohio Poised To Become America’s 21st Medical Marijuana State As Illinois Legalizes

Weed in America nears its tipping point, as on the same day Illinois’ Senate approved its medical marijuana program,  Ohio’s attorney general ratified a petition for its own. Illinois becomes all-but-certainly the 20th medical marijuana state, as its governor is expected to sign off on the measure.

Likewise, while Ohio’s measure has a long way to go, polling indicates the state’s voters will vote for legal medical cannabis. Which means, including the District of Columbia, residents in 23 regions will have some type of medical marijuana policy. While the breadth and flexibility of these laws vary from state to state, it’s exciting to see America near a 50-50 medical vs. non-medical split.

And it will ne even more interesting–on the same day the Americas Coalition discussed legalization–to see if the federal government will start taking legalization–in a country where the majority of people approve of legal weed and believe the drug War is a complete waste of government.

Edit: New Hampshire will probably become the 21st MMJ state, and quite soon. That would make Ohio #22.

For reference, here are the current 18 medical states in America and their policies courtesy of Procon.org:

State Year Passed How Passed
(Yes Vote)
Fee Possession Limit Accepts other states’ registry ID cards?
1. Alaska 1998 Ballot Measure 8 (58%) $25/$20 1 oz usable; 6 plants (3 mature, 3 immature) unknown1
2. Arizona 2010 Proposition 203 (50.13%) $150/$75 2.5 oz usable; 0-12 plants2 Yes3
3. California 1996 Proposition 215 (56%) $66/$33 8 oz usable; 6 mature or 12 immature plants4 No
4. Colorado 2000 Ballot Amendment 20 (54%) $35 2 oz usable; 6 plants (3 mature, 3 immature) No
5. Connecticut 2012 House Bill 5389 (96-51 House, 21-13 Senate) * One-month supply (exact amount to be determined) No
6. DC 2010 Amendment Act B18-622 (13-0 vote) $100/$25 2 oz dried; limits on other forms to be determined No
7. Delaware 2011 Senate Bill 17 (27-14 House, 17-4 Senate) $125 6 oz usable Yes5
8. Hawaii 2000 Senate Bill 862 (32-18 House; 13-12 Senate) $25 3 oz usable; 7 plants (3 mature, 4 immature) No
9. Maine 1999 Ballot Question 2 (61%) No fee 2.5 oz usable; 6 plants Yes6
10. Massachusetts 2012 Ballot Question 3 (63%) TBD7 Sixty day supply for personal medical use unknown
11. Michigan 2008 Proposal 1 (63%) $100/$25 2.5 oz usable; 12 plants Yes
12. Montana 2004 Initiative 148 (62%) $25/$10 1 oz usable; 4 plants (mature); 12 seedlings No
13. Nevada 2000 Ballot Question 9 (65%) $200 +fees 1 oz usable; 7 plants (3 mature, 4 immature) No
14. New Jersey 2010 Senate Bill 119 (48-14 House; 25-13 Senate) $200/$20 2 oz usable No
15. New Mexico 2007 Senate Bill 523 (36-31 House; 32-3 Senate) $0 6 oz usable; 16 plants (4 mature, 12 immature) No
16. Oregon 1998 Ballot Measure 67 (55%) $200/$1008 24 oz usable; 24 plants (6 mature, 18 immature) No
17. Rhode Island 2006 Senate Bill 0710 (52-10 House; 33-1 Senate) $75/$10 2.5 oz usable; 12 plants Yes
18. Vermont 2004 Senate Bill 76 (22-7) HB 645 (82-59) $50 2 oz usable; 9 plants (2 mature, 7 immature) No
19. Washington 1998 Initiative 692 (59%) ** 24 oz usable; 15 plants No

 

Comments 8 Comments so far... Add Yours

  1. Chris "The Anarchist" Ryan

    Beware of supporting bad proposals that come back around and bite you in the ass. (Like in Colorado and Washington…)

    Reply
  2. Tom H Cooke

    That’s great news for Ohio.
    The folks who live in states without mmj program are hurting. Especially the AARP crowd who has lost their connection. At least in Ohio they will soon have a program.

    But the movement rolls on.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
  3. swaggyswan102834974123

    i think this is sooooooooooooooooooooooooo cool tht ppl r legilising marrigewana and i wont to thank every1 for my nobol prise awrd thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i just want 2 make the world more pink :) so……………. how is every1 today

    Reply

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