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Ohio State Medical Marijuana Committee Members

Ohio State Medical Marijuana Board has it's heads appointed

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Friday September 23, 2016 Governor John R. Kasich announced the first 10 committee members appointed to the new Ohio Medical Marijuana Committee.

Monday September 26, 2016 Senate President Keith Faber appointed 2 additional members to serve on the advisory committee.

Thursday October 16, 2016 the final committee members have been announced.

The panel, by state law, has to include members who represent doctors, pharmacists, employers, labor unions, law enforcement and others potentially impacted by the law.

 

 

Ohio Medical Marijuana Committee

Chairman: Curtis L. Passafume, Jr., R.Ph. [Pharmacist, VP of Ohio Health's Pharmacy Services] of Hilliard (Franklin Co.), has been appointed Chairman

Pharmacy: Timothy J. Bechtold of Columbus (Franklin Co.) has been appointed to represent Pharmacists for a term beginning September 23, 2016 and ending June 30, 2020.

Pharmacy: Stephanie M. Abel, [Pharmacist at James Cancer Center & working with Ohio State University's pain and palliative care program ] of Dublin (Franklin Co.) Has been appointed to represent Pharmacists

Christopher J. Allwein of Columbus (Franklin Co.) has been appointed to the Public Benefits Advisory Board for a term beginning September 23, 2016 and ending June 30, 2019.

Addiction: Tony E. Coder, Jr. [Asst. Dir. Drug Free Action Alliance] of Mount Gilead (Morrow Co.) Has been appointed to represent Drug & Alcohol Addiction Treatment {Opposes and is against Ohio Medical Marijuana & HB 523}

Argriculture: Michael G. Hirsch [Hirsch Fruit Farm] of Chillicothe (Ross Co.) Has been appointed to represent Argiculture

Physicians: Dr. Jerry W. Mitchell, Jr. [Oncologist at Zagmesiter Cancer Center] of Powell (Delaware Co.) Has been appointed to represent Physicians

Physicians: Dr. Amol Soin [Physician & owner of a chain of pain clinics & OSMA Board member] of Xenia (Greene Co.) Has been appointed to represent Physicians

Employers: Michael E. Stanek [NE Ohio CFO & board member of the Greater Cleveland Partnership] of Avon Lake (Lorain Co.) Has been appointed to represent Employers

Academic Researcher: Gary L. Wenk, Ph.D. [OSU Professor, studies medical benefits of marijuana on the endocannabinoid system] of Columbus (Franklin Co.) Has been appointed to represent Researchers

Law Enforcement: Sheriff John Lenhart (Shelby Co.) [Shelby County Sheriff] Has been appointed to represent local Law Enforcement

Caregivers: Martin McCarthy Jr. of Parma (Cuyahoga Co.) Has been appointed to represent Caregivers

Labor: Jason Kaseman [Political director for United Food & Commercial Workers Union] Has Been appointed to represent Labor

Nurses: Nancy Walsh Mosca (Mahoning Co.) [Mahoning County Nurse & Nursing Director] Has been appointed to represent Nurses

Patients: James "Ted" Bibart [Legislative analyst who studies state medical marijuana laws for Benesch Attorneys at Law] Has been appointed to represent Patients

Mental Health: Marcie Seidel [Executive Director of Drug-Free Action Alliance] Has been appointed to represent Mental Health Treatment {Opposes and is against Ohio Medical Marijuana & HB 523}

 

They have been appointed to the Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee for terms beginning September 23, 2016 and continuing at the pleasure of the Governor.

The committee will "develop and submit to the Department of Commerce, State Board of Pharmacy, and the State Medical Board any recommendations related to the Medical Marijuana Control Program and the implementation and enforcement of the related Ohio Revised Code."

HB 523 requires this new Ohio Medical Marijuana Committee to hold it's first meeting within 30 days.

We will continue to update this particular blog with as much information on these new board members that we can.

 




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I still hope the position of patient representative is still pending.  I feel I am qualified because of my own life's experience and have a passion to help the patients, so they don't have to go through what I went through.  The patients of Ohio implore representation - this is a most important and necessary aid for the Ohio Medical Marijuana Patients of Ohio.  I hope I still am in consideration for this important position.

Thank you in advance for your decision

 

Eleanor Ahrens

President, Southeast Ohio NORML

former founder member 1st vice president and then President

740-962-2792

info@seohio NORML.com

eleanorahrens@yahoo.com

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We have updated the complete list of the new Ohio Medical Marijuana Committee.  Sorry you didn't get appointed to represent Caregivers Eleanor.

We will work on obtaining interviews with each and every committee member on their stance and future outlook on this program and their impact on it based on their new position.

If you would like any questions ask during these interviews, please let us know!

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