Rep. Smith: 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. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) 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.


“Today the Ohio House of Representatives took a major, bipartisan step that more than 20 states have taken before us to expand health care options for our residents,” said Smith. “This legislation, if passed by the Senate, will expand medical treatment options for Ohioans suffering from chronic pain and a variety of diseases. This patient-focused legislation will help sick Ohioans feel better.”


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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