Today, Senator Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) joined patients, families, advocates, and legislators in celebrating after Ohio’s historic medical marijuana bill was signed into law. Governor Kasich signed House Bill 523 this afternoon.
“Finally, the long wait is over. After all these years, Ohio patients will soon have access to the medicine they need,” said Senator Yuko. “It is not often that state government has an opportunity to help so many people improve their quality of life with just one bill. I'm proud that my colleagues came together to improve countless lives with medical marijuana."
Senator Yuko has championed this issue throughout his time as a legislator. He has been introducing bills to legalize medical marijuana since he was a Representative in the Ohio House.
This year, Senator Yuko and Senator Dave Burke (R- Marysville) held a series of town hall forums across the state to gather Ohioans’ opinions on medical marijuana. The senators heard from dozens of Ohio citizens and professional organizations on their listening tour. Senator Yuko shared some of these citizen testimonies while advocating for the bill on the Senate floor.
The new law will take effect in 90 days

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