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Rep. Brent introduces cannabis bill package

May 15, 2020
Juanita O. Brent News

COLUMBUS—State Representative Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) today announced that she will be introducing a cannabis bill package.

One bill would authorize the use of medical cannabis for autism spectrum disorder.

“This bill is a direct result of listening to the concerns of my constituents,” said Rep Brent. “As State Representatives, we work for you, the people of Ohio. This is an opportunity to help parents who have children with Autism seek an additional treatment option. Ohio families should not have to move to one of the seventeen other states who already permit autism as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis to comfort their child.”

The second bill would repeal criminal prohibitions for possession and trafficking of cannabis, including vacating cannabis possession sentences and expunging cannabis possession offenses from the record.

“It is about time we stop criminalizing a plant (Cannabis),” said Rep. Brent. “Our police should be focusing their time and resources on more serious crimes. This is also an opportunity to strengthen our workforce with more tax-paying contributors, instead of keeping people from a job because of a background check.”

The two bills now await bill numbers and committee assignments.