Ohio lawmakers on Wednesday passed a bill that would usher in the first major change to the state’s medical cannabis program since it was launched in 2016, effectively enabling doctors to recommend cannabis for nearly any condition.
Senate Bill 261 passed from the chamber, and it will be considered by the state House of Representatives. Sponsored by State Republican Senator Steve Hoffman, the legislation will bring a set of major changes to the five-year-old law. Perhaps most important of all, the bill calls for a significant increase in the number of medical conditions that would qualify a patient for medical cannabis treatment in Buckeye, Ohio.
Under the proposed Hoffman billPhysicians are permitted to “recommend marijuana for treatment for any condition if the physician, in the physician’s sole discretion and physician’s opinion, finds any of the following”: “the patient’s symptoms can reasonably be expected to be eliminated from medical marijuana” and “that he may reasonably be expected to benefit The patient is from medical marijuana.”
Currently, patients with the following conditions in Ohio may qualify for medical cannabis therapy: acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; Alzheimer’s disease; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; cancer; Chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Crohn’s disease; Epilepsy or another seizure disorder. Fibromyalgia. glaucoma; hepatitis C; inflammatory bowel disease; multiple sclerosis; chronic, severe or intractable pain; Parkinson’s disease; HIV positive status; post-traumatic stress disorder; Sickle cell anemia; Spinal cord disease or injury. Tourette’s syndrome; Traumatic brain injury and ulcerative colitis.
Ohio moves to help more patients
Hoffman’s bill would add arthritis, migraines, autism spectrum disorder, spasticity or chronic muscle spasms, hospice care or terminal illness and opioid use disorder to the list of eligible cases.
The legislation would also create a “new Marijuana Control Department (DMC) within the Department of Commerce,” which would “oversight and manage the medical marijuana control program.”
“As such, the majority of the State Board of Pharmacy’s responsibilities in relation to the medical cannabis program are transferred to the DMC,” read legislative analysis of the bill, Which Hoffmann first proposed last month. “These transferred responsibilities include: registering patient and caregivers, approving and supervising retail dispensary licensors, oversight of licensed taxes, criminal records examination of license applicants and employees, investigations of medical marijuana law violations, concluding reciprocity agreements with other states, and maintaining A toll-free telephone line to answer inquiries regarding the medical marijuana program. It also changes references in the amended law as necessary to accommodate these changes.”
Moreover, the bill will lead to a significant increase in the number of cannabis dispensaries in the state.
Bill Analysis He said That proposal would require the Department of Marijuana Control “to strive to achieve a ratio of at least one licensed retail dispensary per 1,000 registered patients up to the first 300,000 registered patients and then add additional retail dispensaries based on need.”
It would also allow “licensed dispensaries to advertise, on social media or otherwise, without DMC’s prior approval”, and allow them to “display products on advertisements and within the dispensary.”
according to Cincinnati InquirerAnd The bill passed the Senate by 26-5, and that Hoffman “plans to push additional changes that were not implemented in time for Wednesday’s vote.”
“Among the proposed amendments are: adding lupus to the list of eligible conditions and clarifying that only stand-alone treatments will be eligible for Tier II small-volume implant licenses,” he said. Enquirys mentioned.
According to the newspaperLarge-scale first-level Ohio growers can grow up to 25,000 square feet of marijuana, and second-tier growers are limited to 3,000 square feet, while state rules allow “licensees to expand to 75,000 square feet and 9,000 square feet,” respectively . ”
Hoffman’s suggestion, Enquirer It stated, “It would increase the expansion for level two growers to 20,000 square feet while leaving level one growers at the same limit.”