Original article by Sarah Walsh, WCPO News
With Governor John Kasich’s Wednesday approval of a law legalizing medical marijuana in Ohio, exactly half the states in the union (plus Washington, D.C.) permit the use of cannabis in some form.
Because the federal government’s official policy on cannabis use still states that it is a crime to buy, sell or use marijuana under any circumstance, individual state government policies form a patchwork quilt of different restrictions and requirements without much overall guidance.
In Colorado, for instance, it is perfectly legal to use marijuana products recreationally. But in Wisconsin, the only legal cannabis product is cannabidiol, an oil extract used to treat children with severe epilepsy. In Washington, D.C., it is legal to buy, grow and use marijuana but not to sell it.