Ohio lawmakers want medical marijuana legalized by summer

Marijuana plants are seen in an indoor cultivation in Montevideo December 6, 2013. Uruguay's senate will vote on December 10 to create a government body to control the cultivation and sale of marijuana and allow residents to grow it at home or as part of smoking clubs. The use of marijuana is already legal in the South American nation, but sale and cultivation is not. The Senate is expected to vote on the measure, which is backed by leftist President Jose Mujica. Picture taken December 6, 2013. REUTERS/Andres Stapff)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers plan to legalize medical marijuana by summer in an effort they say is more responsible and comprehensive than any ballot proposal.

It comes as a medical marijuana question is working its way to Ohio’s fall ballot.

Republican House leaders set an aggressive timeline Wednesday for legalization legislation expected this week. It would clear the House this month and Senate next month, reach Gov. John Kasich by May 31 and be in law by Aug. 31.

The bill would allow doctors to prescribe edibles, patches and plant material. It would prohibit home growing.

State Rep. Kirk Schuring, who chaired a medical marijuana task force, says a nine-person Medical Marijuana Control Commission would create and administer program rules. It would include members of the medical and law enforcement communities.

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