Group ends medical marijuana issue drive in Ohio

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) – A group has dropped its effort to put a medical marijuana issue on Ohio’s general election ballot.

The Ohioans for Medical Marijuana announced Saturday that organizers decided with “a heavy heart” to halt collection of signatures to get on the November ballot in the aftermath of passage this week by state lawmakers of a medical marijuana legalization bill.

The proposal would bar patients from smoking marijuana or growing it at home, but it would allow its use in vapor form for certain chronic health conditions. It still requires Gov. John Kasich’s (KAY’-sikz) signature.

The ballot campaign initially said the legislation would bolster their efforts. Its statement said Saturday that while it still believes patient should be allowed to grow and smoke their own marijuana, the bill was “a step forward.”

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