Ohio Republican Aims High With Medical Cannabis Expansion Bill


<![CDATA[A Republican-sponsored medical cannabis expansion bill in Ohio intends to give licensed physicians the power to determine qualifying conditions on a case-by-case basis. HuffmanState Sen. Steve Huffman, who represents a Dayton-area district in Southwest Ohio, introduced Senate Bill 261 Nov. 9. While the 66-page legislation would expand the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis to include autism spectrum disorder, arthritis, migraines and terminal illness, it ultimately would include “any other medical condition” determined by a licensed physician. Since the inception of Ohio’s medical cannabis program in 2016, and its implementation in 2019, Huffman has worked alongside medical providers, the state’s Board of Pharmacy and the Department of Commerce to identify ways to improve the program to better serve patients, according to a news release from his office. “As a medical doctor and a state senator, I am committed to the quality of life of the people I serve,” Huffman said in the release. “The provisions in this bill are about improving the treatment options for patients.”The bill would allow for medical cannabis to be processed and dispensed in additional forms so that a patient can be treated through a variety of methods. Curbside and drive-thru dispensing, which Ohio and many other states OK’d as COVID-19 safety measures, would be continued. However, the smoking or combustion of medical cannabis would remain a prohibited method of use in Huffman’s bill—under current law, vaporization and inhalation are permitted, but not smoking.The legislation also aims to increase the number of retail licenses to achieve a ratio of at least one dispensary per 1,000 registered patients up to Ohio’s first 300,000 registered patients—or 300 dispensaries—and then add additional dispensaries on an as-needed basis, according to the bill’s text.As of Sept. 30, 2021, Ohio’s medical cannabis program included 131,536 patients with both an active registration and an…

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