OHIO, Ohio — Ohio Gov.
John Kasich signed a bill Monday allowing doctors to administer medical marijuana to patients suffering from debilitating illnesses, including cancer and AIDS.
A measure approved by the state House passed the state Senate by a vote of 38-18.
The legislation will allow Ohioans suffering from severe or life-threatening illnesses, or those suffering from certain conditions to get the treatment by licensed physicians, the Ohio Department of Health said.
The bill does not allow patients to buy marijuana from the state or to grow their own marijuana plants.
It requires the state to issue a license to growers who want to grow marijuana on their property.
The bill also gives patients the option of using the drug on a prescription from a physician.
A similar measure, introduced last year by Democratic state Rep. Eric Bartlett, failed to pass in the Republican-controlled House.