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The Laws Come Out At The Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Meeting

The Laws Come Out At The Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Meeting 

 

Hello happy OhioCannabis.com readers,

 

It is my pleasure to becoming to you again with the latest updates on Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Laws. Last week, we were notified two days before, there would be a brief meeting held at our state's capital at the Vern Riffe Center - 31st Floor - Room South B & C building to go over the Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee's advancements on implementing HB-523 on Ohio soil.

 

Unfortunately I was unable to attend the first session where the committee went over the morning itinerary which included: “Ethics” and “The Sunshine Laws.” I was lucky enough, however, to get the rundown from Tim Johnson after the meeting who said, “The morning half of the MMJ Advisory Committee consisted of;  A self introduction of each committee member introducing themselves and their position on the board. The Commerce Department Director spoke as to their role. An Attorney General representative spoke about public records request, ORC 149.43, to obtain certain information from the Advisory Committee. And they discussed the ethics section in the Ohio Sunshine Laws in reference to participation or involvement with the HB 523 industry.”

 

Before the afternoon session, I had the chance to meet with some morning attendees head  to a local Taco joint called Condado Tacos. This is where I was able to network and grab lunch with some of Ohio’s upcoming influencers which included potential Dispensary Owner from Stem Dispensaries and Cannabis Safety First also mentioned above, Tim Johnson.

 

Tim was on tour with The Senate Listening Tour,  Senator Yucko, and Senator Burke. He attended and spoke at all three locations, Cleveland State, University of Cincinnati, and Toledo University.

 

Mr. Johnson also attended the MMJ Task Force Committee Hearings, the MMJ House Select Committee and the MMJ Senate Select Committee during the marijuana 23 meetings and testified at all but 1 time. He has a background in law enforcement and has been resilient in making sure that he stays in his efforts in helping make cannabis medicinally legal throughout Ohio.

 

Over lunch, Tim discussed with us some of the potential dangers potential cannabis owners are going to face as the industry evolves and becomes more defined. Some of these possible dangers included such as Transportation Safety, Cultivation Safety, and Dispensary Safety. His firm will specialize in constructing security plans as well as offering On Site Training, Security Consulting, Take In The Regulatory Compliance Side For that will keep both people and products safe.

 

After enjoying some spicy but delicious tacos, we were able to conduct some video interviews then head back up to the 31st floor where the meeting was held. Media was allowed to sit in the back of the room while board and committee members alike sat in the very front , facing opposite from the crowd in a U - Shape that allowed them to view a power-point presentation that displayed the plethora of the new policies and procedures that would be making up Ohio’s new “green industry”.

 

People like members Hunt and Reed gave us insight into the bill and their reasoning behind certain sections, answering the panel's questions during and after the presentation was complete.

 

Some of the most valuable things I took away from their presentation was:

1 ) Physician Information

2 ) Administrative And Rule making Process

3 ) Rules And Regulations For The Cultivators

 

The Physician's Certification Process will require doctors to hold an additional certification that will allow them to recommend medical marijuana. By September 8th, 2017, Ohio law requires the State Medical Board of Ohio to adopt rules for physicians certified to recommend medical marijuana.

 

The Administrative and Rulemaking Process is a process that is headed by the Marijuana Advisory Committee and allows for 4 opportunities for the public to make comments about the rules. They asking Ohioans to start making feedback on the rules which they can submit at the committee's website at: medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov/rules.

 

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The Rules And Regulations For The Cultivators were laid out by the committee as they also announced that they would release 12 Level 1 licenses and 6 Level 2 licenses prior to September 9th, 2018. To get an insight into other rules and regulations for cultivators, check out our exclusive video coverage on our youtube channel or find out more by visiting their website.

 

In closing, it was apparent that the board and committee members agreed that there is still a lot of work to be done, but they were grateful for the supreme efforts that Hunt and Reed have already been putting in. One suggestion that was made in closing by a panel member was that she needs more time to clearly review the material. She said more time would allow her to bring the type of questions that will help make Ohio a model for other states looking to pass Medicinal Marijuana legislation.

 

Despite the short notice, it was a very informative meeting that really brought some light to what exactly is going on with Marijuana Laws in the state of Ohio.

 

Until next time,

 

Tia Marie Trees

 




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That is correct :( It's a work in progress... Feel free to make any comments about the rules on their website listed in the article above. Hope this helps :) 

 

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LOLOLOL I think some people might be upset about that one but I'm sure you can at least get one :) Do you have any strains in mind that you'd like to grow?

- Tia Marie Trees

 

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14 hours ago, TiaMarieTrees said:

That is correct :( It's a work in progress... Feel free to make any comments about the rules on their website listed in the article above. Hope this helps :) 

 

yea... it just seems that the only difference between this and that crap we all voted down is that instead of a few corporate interests making all the money,  its been replaced with our glorious leaders... making all the money.  

thanks for keeping up on this

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I understand your pain and trust me, I'll do everything in my power to help PassTrees throughout Ohio.  & anytime :) I really appreciate the feedback. If you have anything specific you'd like me to cover just let me know :) 

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Guest anamerikhan

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;) Thanks Tia, as always... good stuff... how come I never run into you in Columbus?   :) 

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Guest total bs

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ya but what are the costs? For them there lic? Ridiculous stupid crazy look it up you be shocked no one of use can afford one

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I will tell you what's going to happen, every thing I said has been dead on it, I met with the members of Ohio Parm Board Oct 3. after almost an hour pissing them off and them saying things they shouldn't have heat of the moment. 1. This is the Pharm Boards Baby Now. 2. Pharm Board says this is a pharmaceutical and it will be treated that way "We can give you THC and CBD in a pill" 3. Sept 8, 2017 is the expected date for the Doctors rules to be "Written" "Not Implemented" 4. You will not receive an Ohio MMJ Card until Ohio Dispensaries are set up with Ohio produced packaged and sealed products from Ohio Growers to Ohio Dispensaries 5. You Will Not get an Ohio MMJ card so you can buy out of State, you get them when Ohio Dispensaries are set up. 6. When asked about the prevision for Veterans in Senate Bill 523, I was asked "What Prevision?"

So there you have it, you will get your Ohio MMJ in late 2018.....House, Senate, Have nothing to do with it now, its all Pharm Board now. They also believe Federal Law my change Ohio Policy, when I asked them they replied "Don't you think we are expecting that" 

523 is set in stone you just don't know it, you want better laws you better make it a ballot issues for 2017, and using the Ohio Pharm Board for our reason for doing so, other wise 2018 is your date... and we will have a least another 172 Ohio Veterans Commit Suicide in 2 yrs....

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Guest The Lone Stranger

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These guys are playing games with citizens' basic unalienable rights. They are actually holding them hostage to their pro-pharma agenda when in fact these rights are pre-pharma & given to us by the founding fathers. Our basic rights have been stolen and we all must demand their return. The party that claims to be for small government is again choking us with an unwieldy bureaucracy in service to their prohibitory agenda. This is still all about controlling behavior not about protecting the public, in case no one noticed. Get up! Stand up!!

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For the love of God, patients must be protected from being fired for using medical cannabis. People with disease and other ailments will be forced to choose between a medication that is safe and effective, and having a job. The people in Columbus should be ashamed for not protecting patients.

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