Ohio governor signs bill allowing recreational marijuana for non-medical purposes

OHIO (Reuters) – Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law a bill allowing residents to use medical marijuana, a measure that was largely blocked by lawmakers in his state despite being championed by medical marijuana advocates.

The legislation passed by a wide margin on Tuesday, after more than two months of heated debate.

It will allow people with qualifying conditions to apply for up to one ounce of cannabis for the treatment of severe pain and to manage chronic, debilitating conditions, such as Crohn’s disease, epilepsy and glaucoma, according to the bill’s text.

It is a first step toward legalizing recreational use of medical marijuana in the United States.