Ohio Medical Marihuana Legislation Suggestions
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3/31/2016
Ohio Patient Network (OPN) makes the following additional legislation for the task force & Ohio legislators to consider. Previously OPN issued recommendation on 3-17-2016. The following are more detailed suggestions, OPN still suggest HB214 from Ohio’s 129th legislative session as a starting point.
- Patient self sufficiency
◦ Patients enabled to grow limited amounts for self-use
▪ Restrictions from being engaged in commerce with home grown marihuana
▪ Enable caregiver assistance with reasonable state control & authorization
▪ Patients to have a bone fide relationship with a recommending medical professional
◦ Enable legal protections for patients, caregiver, suppliers and medical professionals
- Regulated commercial medical supply
◦ Include quality, safety, testing & compliance mechanisms
◦ Tax based upon THC percentage to provide funding for
▪ Commission members and activity
▪ Legal oversight of commercial supply chain
▪ Supporting Medical Research
- State Commission with regulatory oversight
◦ Suggest appointments made by legal, medical & law enforcement & patient advocates’ organizations.
▪ (Patient, Nurse, Medical, Pharmacy, Law Enforcement, Civil Rights, etc, etc)
◦ Have Legislators & Governor appointed commission members
◦ Have no restrictions on commission memberships
▪ (i.e. political office holder, past felon, etc)
- Remove marihuana from schedule one in Ohio’ controlled substance/drug schedule
- Enable Ohio medical research organizations to use Ohio grown marijuana
- Encourage/Utilize banking similar in manner as the State of Vermont has done.
- Delay infused edibles products for the next General Assembly to detail regulation & laws
- Establish a political Blue Ribbon panel to look at the future of marihuana/cannabis laws on a variety of potential topics such as hemp, industrial, farming, medical, and driving.
Ohio Patient Network contact is Rob Ryan, a three time cancer survivor.