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Ohio HB 523 Medical Marijuana Act

May 25, 2016
By Ohio House of Representatives

An act to authorize the use of marijuana for medical purposes and to establish the Medical Marijuana Control Program. Effective September 8, 2016.

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An act to authorize the use of marijuana for medical purposes and to establish the Medical Marijuana Control Program. Effective September 8, 2016.

Health Care News reported in July:

In writing the new bill, proactive lawmakers made numerous revisions and looked at other states that currently have medical marijuana laws in place.

“The authors looked at Minnesota and New York in particular, and attempted to be more broad in terms of who could access the drug,” said attorney Josh Brown, a legislative advocate and policy analyst for the Ohio Municipal League and Executive Director of the Ohio Association of Public Safety Directors.

“Also, the latest version changes the previous version’s more stringent requirements for qualifying pain conditions, specifically saying that the pain must be chronic and severe or intractable, instead of chronic, severe and intractable. This is an important distinction. The latest version also brought back a program to provide medical marijuana to veterans and the indigent, as well as a toll-free hotline for patients, caregivers and health care professionals,” Brown said.

Lawmakers also took into consideration the strong support for medical marijuana in public opinion polls and the prospect of another ballot initiative later this year; which they wanted to avoid. 

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