CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Ohio House passed a proposal Tuesday to legalize medical marijuana in the state.
The fast-tracked bill would bar patients from smoking the substance but allow them to use it in vapor form. They couldn't grow it at home.
If the bill makes it all the way, the Scholten family believes it could really help their daughter Lucy. The 12-year-old has cerebral palsy and has 300 seizures a day.
""It means she has the right to access promising medicine from her home state. It means that we don't have to consider uprooting our fragile family to a legal state," said Nicole Scholten.
Scholten says she'd tried a dozen medications but they have failed to control Lucy's seizures.
"The amazing thing about medical cannabis is that it is working for people with the same history of failed pharmaceutical," said Scholten.
Under the legislation, a nine-member Medical Marijuana Control Commission would set rules for cultivating, distributing and licensing cannabis. Communities could opt out of hosting dispensaries. Employers who want to maintain drug-free workplaces would be protected from liability.
The bill passed on a 71-26 vote Tuesday. The Senate plans to begin hearings on the measure Wednesday.
House leaders said they expect the legislation to reach to the governor's desk by the end of May.
Lawmakers are seeking to head off a proposed November ballot issue supported by the national medical marijuana movement.