Rep. Ramos: Proposal To Legalize Medical Marijuana Passes Ohio House
House Bill 523 aims to give patients, doctors alternatives for treatment of severe injuries, illnesses
May 10, 2016
 
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State Rep. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 523, legislation to legalize the use of certain forms of medical marijuana in Ohio to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries, including cancer, chronic pain, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease spinal cord injury, HIV and AIDS.


“It is so rare when we have a genuine opportunity to drastically and dramatically change the lives of so many Ohioans with one vote. Today, we most certainly did,” said Ramos, who served as ranking minority member of the Select Committee on Medical Marijuana, was a founding member of the Medical Marijuana Task Force, and was instrumental in penning HB 523. “This legislation will help children with debilitating seizure disorders get closer to being kids, it will assist our returning veterans with PTSD who have sacrificed so much for our nation, and it will help the many Ohioans with debilitating disease or pain get back to some state of normalcy. We did our due diligence as legislators these past months, as scientists have done for decades. Medical marijuana will bring relief to Ohioans who have suffered long enough without respite. This is a good day for Ohioans.” 


Under the bill, patients would receive treatment from physicians who must obtain a license to prescribe medical marijuana. The physicians would be required to send clinical reports to a Medical Marijuana Control Commission every 90 days. Doctors could prescribe cannabis oil, tinctures, plant material, edibles or patches to treat a variety of medical illnesses. The bill allows cannabis to be vaporized, but not smoked.


The Medical Marijuana Control Commission created in HB 523 is an appointed nine-member board responsible for licensing the cultivators, processors, retail dispensaries and independent labs that grow, test and distribute medical marijuana. In conjunction with the State Medical Board, the commission regulates and oversees physicians who prescribe marijuana. The commission is also charged with adopting rules to qualify past low-level marijuana offenders to work in the industry.


The bill now moves to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
 
  
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