Legalized Medical Marijuana Will Not Be Easily Accessible in Ohio

If you’re an Ohioan and are in need of medical marijuana, don’t expect to get the drug as soon as it becomes legal in September.

Although Ohio Republican Governor John Kasich signed a bill legalizing marijuana for medical purposes in Ohio in June, it won’t be available at dispensaries anytime soon. According to a previous Fortune article, although the law takes effect in 90 days, there are a number of steps that first need to be taken in order to set up the state’s medical marijuana program. It is expected to be fully functional in about two years.

State Sen. Kenny Yuko, who has been working for more than a decade to legalize medical marijuana, says the state needs to get moving soon on the rules for who can get the drug, and where they can get it from, according to WKSU, public radio for Northeast Ohio.

“First thing we need to concentrate on [is] formulating the growing rules so we know who exactly is going to be able to grow, how much you’re going to be able to grow, what your expectations are, what the costs are going to be,” he told WKSU.

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