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Medical cannabis in Ohio

Ohio legalized medical cannabis in 2016 through the Legislature — the program was signed into law by Gov. John Kasich (R). Qualifying conditions include AIDS or being HIV positive, Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia, cancer, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy (or another seizure disorder), chronic/severe/intractable pain, PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and many others.

Decriminalization & adult-use reforms

Multiple Ohio cities and jurisdictions have opted for local cannabis decriminalization measures, including (but not limited to):

  • Toledo
  • Dayton
  • Cincinnati
  • Columbus
  • Cleveland

In 2015, Ohio voters rejected a cannabis legalization ballot initiative that proposed a monopoly-like system that would have reserved industry licenses for an anonymous group of investors. The proposal had been denounced by many legalization advocates. As of 2021, there is a new ballot initiative planned for the 2022 election.

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