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US: Ohio senate approves medical cannabis expansion bill

The Ohio Senate has passed legislation that would make sweeping changes to the state’s medical cannabis program, according to a WBNS report.

Senate Bill 261, which was introduced by State Sen. Steve Huffman last month, would allow physicians to recommend cannabis for any condition, increase the number of dispensary licenses in the state, and allow cultivators to expand their operations.

The measure would also create a new Division of Marijuana Control within the Ohio Department of Commerce to oversee the state’s medical cannabis dispensaries, which are currently regulated by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy.

The bill stipulates that there should be one dispensary for every 1,000 of the first 300,000 registered medical cannabis patients, and proposes adding more retailers as needed, WBNS reported.

The legislation also outlines two levels of licensed cultivators: one that would be permitted to grow up to 75,000 square feet of cannabis and one that could grow up to 20,000 square feet.

With Senate approval, the measure now moves to the House for consideration.

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