COLUMBUS — Ohio could soon become the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana if Gov. John Kasich signs a plan passed Wednesday.

By a margin of just three votes, senators approved legalizing medical marijuana while still prohibiting smoking and growing marijuana at home.

The close vote showed how divided Ohio lawmakers remain on marijuana, even for medical purposes. But in the end, a majority wanted control over the state's medical marijuana operation, hoping to forestall a group pushing a constitutional amendment.

House lawmakers approved the Senate's version of the bill late Wednesday, sending it to Gov. John Kasich's desk.

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Jessie Balmert ~ Cincinnati.com ~

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