Blue Flower

Ohio Patient Network (OPN) raises a number of issues that need to be addressed in the coming legislative session regarding Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program.

Card Holding Patients

Given that approximately 2,000 Medical Marijuana “Cards” have been issued..

  • What is the status of Reciprocity with other states, in particular Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia?
  • What instruction has law enforcement received for interacting with card holding patients with marijuana from out of state source?

Caregivers & Patients

Given that patients are required to have a face to face in person visit with a physician to obtain a recommendation..

  • How is a caregiver to help a bedridden patient obtain a Medical Marijuana Recommendation?
    • OPN suggests the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board formally recommend a change in the law to the State Legislature regarding in person visit for extenuating circumstances.
    • OPN also suggests the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board formally recommend a temporary emergency rule change to the Ohio Medical Board covering this situation.

Patients & Driving

Given the status of OVI laws and the legislation passed by HB523

  • No patients would pass the legal limit for driving an automobile.
    • OPN suggests the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board formally recommend a change to the State Legislature to the OVI laws.
    • OPN suggests the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board formally recommend to the State Legislature perform a thorough review of marijuana’s effect on driving as compared to other medications.
    • Note OPN personnel have provided prior legislative testimony and information regarding marijuana driving issues prior to HB523 and are willing to assist state representatives formulate revisions to the OVI laws.

Medical Licenses

Given a recent warning notice regarding those holding state issue licenses for medical care and the handling of medical marijuana products and that hospice nurses are explicitly permitted to be caregivers

  • Hospice nurses licenses are not protected while caring for patients.
    • OPN suggests the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board formally recommend a change to the State Legislature to protect nursing license when acting as a caregiver.