Fedor Responds To Passage Medical Marijuana In Ohio House
Says proposal lacks employment, benefit protections for patients
May 11, 2016
 
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State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today proclaimed her opposition to the medical marijuana bill, House Bill (HB) 523, that the Republican majority brought up for a vote this week on the House floor. The Toledo lawmaker cited unfair economic penalties for working people that seek treatment under the new law as the motivation for her no vote on the bill. 


“Under HB 523, employers have the right to fire an employee and even deny unemployment benefits for those who legally use medical marijuana to treat their chronic pain and illnesses,” said Fedor. “We considered this proposal to help alleviate severe pain for those in need—which I fully support—but it is a cruel joke to lace the bill with penalties for hard working Ohioans who are suffering.” 


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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