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Medical Marijuana Gaining Strength In Ohio

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For Immediate Release:

Medical Marijuana Gaining Strength In Ohio

The Ohio Patient Network (OPN), a 501- C3, celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2011 with renewed enthusiasm and resolve to see medical marijuana become legitimate medicine in the State of Ohio. With a new Governor, we can realistically foresee the issue coming up for serious debate in the 2011-2012 session of the Ohio Legislature.

After some internal changes and tough decisions over the last year, the Ohio Patient Network has reorganized into a powerful, strategic and effective vehicle for change.

“We are excited and dedicated to moving forward this year, and for however long it takes to achieve our goals and serve the interests of medical marijuana patients across the state.”  Says Tonya Davis, President of OPN.

The Ohio Medical Compassion Act continues to gain legislative support and will be introduced as promised in the House by State Representatives  Kenny Yuko (D) Cleveland and  Bob Hagan (D) Youngstown.  With a growing coalition of patients, activists and reform organizations from across the state, the passage of this bill is now closer than ever.

The Year Ahead:

In 2011, the Ohio Patient Network is working to introduce medical marijuana legislation into the Ohio Legislature and gain at least two committee hearings, with the aid of  Ohio Drug Policy Alliance and former Legislator Ed Orlet.  The Ohio Patient Network will bring public attention to the issue of medical marijuana via TV, radio and print media.   OPN will continue building a coalition of partnerships with influential individuals and organizations within the state of Ohio. The organization will also move forward to work with other Midwestern activists dedicated to supporting marijuana legislation and will continue to garner support for city medical marijuana resolutions and  voter initiative’s. Join with us if you want to change  marijuana drug policy and bring common sense to Ohio.

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Last Updated on Friday, 11 February 2011 03:16  

Medical Marijuana News

AMA question marijuana’s federal  classification of as a deadly, addictive drug with no medical use.

COLUMBUS, OHIO — At the November American Medical Association conference the AMA reversed it's position on marijuana as a schedule I drug and urges that “marijuana’s status as a federal Schedule I controlled substance be reviewed with the goal of facilitating the conduct of clinical research and development of cannabinoid based medicines.”  This is a reversal of the AMA position, which has equated marijuana in the same class as heroin.

Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug by Ohio and the federal government.  A achedule I drug is defined as a substance with high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States and a lack of accepted safety standards for its use under medical supervision.  Schedule I drug can not be prescibed by doctors, but the federal government for 40 years has been supply in 300 joints a month to a small group of citiizens.

The AMA now appears to be ready to join other medical organization such as American College of Physicians, American Nurses Association, and others in questioning the federal classification as a deadly addictive drug with no accepted medical use.  Ohio classifies marijuana similarly.

The American College of Physicians, a large organization representing internal medicine doctors, made a similar statement as the AMA. The ACP "supports programs and funding for rigorous scientific evaluation of the potential therapeutic benefits of medical marijuana and the publication of such findings”.

"The American Nurses Association (ANA) recognizes that patients should have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis. Cannabis or marijuana has been used medicinally for centuries. It has been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of symptoms and conditions." {Providing Patients Safe Access to Therapeutic Marijuana/Cannabis," American Nurses Association (ANA) website, Mar. 19, 2004}

Ohio and the federal government is going to find it increasingly difficult to support their claims that cannabis (aka marijuana) as having no medical value.  A majority of Ohio citizens supports medical marijuana as evidenced by the University of Cincinnati's Institute for Policy Research recent poll results.

Ohio Patients are working to change Ohio laws concerning medical marijuana.