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The panel charged with putting the state’s new medical marijuana law in effect has come up with some rules for sites where marijuana would be grown in Ohio.

The number of proposed growing sites has upset activists who’ve had questions about the new law.  

The Ohio Department of Commerce’s proposals would limit the number of marijuana growing sites to 18. The licenses and fees for the 12 larger sites would be $200,000 each; those for the six smaller sites would be $20,000 each.

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The state organization that oversees doctors in Ohio is advising them against recommending marijuana for patients right now, though the state medical board isn’t stopping them from doing that.

A marijuana law that took effect last month allows doctors to recommend marijuana for patients to keep them from being prosecuted for possessing small amounts of marijuana. And a member of the state medical board says that agency is not prohibiting doctors from recommending medical marijuana. 

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It could take more than a year before Ohio doctors could recommend marijuana for patients under Ohio’s medical marijuana program.

But what would happen if someone in Ohio has obtained medical marijuana legally in another state and uses it here?

Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports on the first bill to make changes in Ohio's medical marijuana program.

Republican Rep. Kyle Koehler is sponsoring a bill that would set rules for which states would be approved for reciprocity agreements.

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A state senator from Northeast Ohio is urging communities to carefully consider all the available information on the state’s new medical marijuana law before passing any restrictions on it.      

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The state’s new medical marijuana law goes into effect tomorrow. That means Ohio can start putting the process in place to allow Ohioans to get medical marijuana. But that doesn’t mean Ohioans with illnesses that qualify for the drug can get or use it anytime soon. 

Doctors could begin writing letters for patients who qualify so if they're caught with small amounts of marijuana before the law is fully implemented, they wouldn’t be prosecuted.