Senate Committee Makes Changes To Medical Marijuana Bill

May 24, 2016

There have been some changes to the proposed bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Ohio. The bill that’s set to go before the full Ohio Senate tomorrow.

A Senate committee has expanded the conditions for which patients can benefit from medical marijuana by adding chronic pain to the list for which doctors can recommend cannabis. There are some regulatory changes too. The regulation of cultivators, processors and testing labs will fall under the state’s commerce department. There’s now a means for veterans and low income people to get assistance to pay for medical marijuana. And the state medical board will certify doctors who recommend medical cannabis and the state pharmacy board will license dispensaries and oversee rules for packaging products and registering patients.