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  1. Make Your Voice Heard Regarding Ohio Medical Marijuana House Bill 523! We at stand STRONGLY with our new partner - The Ohio Cannabis Institute and have formed a NEW voice for all Ohioans to help make change happen NOW! Visit to have your voice heard & PLEASE share this video and message with everyone you know to help get this movement off the ground!
  2. The MMCP and the Department of Commerce have released the application, forms, and instructions for private companies to apply for a license to conduct laboratory testing of medical marijuana and medical marijuana products. Click here to view the full set of application documents.
  3. Final Ohio Medical Marijuana Cultivation Rules & Regulations For Licensing Released The cultivator rules for 24 grow sites have been finalized for Ohio's Medical Marijuana program: 12 Level 1 - 25,000 sq.ft. 12 Level 2 - 3,000 sq.ft. The Department of Commerce could be able to further expand the number of licenses or square footage for grows beginning in September 2018. Also included in the rules is an outline for application and license fees for Ohio Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Processors and Testing Labs, passed the Ohio legislature’s Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review without objection on Monday. The rules will be officially filed by the end of April and are set to take effect before the May 6 statutory deadline. Rather than divide the state into four quadrants, as initially discussed, licenses will be awarded across the state to the best applicants through a point system and lottery. The license fees and financial requirements are among the highest of the country's 28 medical marijuana programs. The state will charge a $20,000 non-refundable application fee and $180,000 license fee for large grows, and a $2,000 application fee and an $18,000 license fee for small cultivators. The Commerce department will begin taking applications for grower licenses in June. Applicants must meet baseline financial criteria and have local approval for their proposed site, among other requirements. Rules and regulations for dispensaries, processors and laboratories are still being worked on but must be in place by Sept. 8. The Ohio Medical Marijuana program will be putting out a webinar in the next few weeks to help guide everyone through the process of filling out the application. We will continue to cover this as it happens. Other requirements for cultivators: A person or company cannot own or invest in more than one cultivator. Applicants must show local support for the plan and no bans or moratoriums can be in place. Demonstrate the facility will be secured by fencing, 24-hour surveillance and security alarms. Maintain an inventory of at least 20 pounds of medical marijuana for large growers and 10 pounds for small growers. How will applications be scored? Applications will be screened first to determine whether they are complete. A separate panel of reviewers will then score the applications based on criteria set by the rules. The applications reviewed in this stage won't include identifiable information.
  4. Ohio Medical Marijuana and it's IMPACT on BWC The impact of the new law on the Bureau of Workers Compensation and its programs is limited. It does not adversely affect the Drug-free Safety Program, will not require BWC to pay for patient access to marijuana, and expressly states that an employee under the influence of marijuana is not covered by workers’ compensation. Specifically: Nothing in the law requires an employer to accommodate an employee’s use of medical marijuana; The law does NOT prohibit an employer from refusing to hire, discharging, or taking an adverse employment action because of a person’s use of medical marijuana; The law specifies that marijuana is covered under “rebuttable presumption.” In general, this means that an employee whose injury was the result of being intoxicated or under the influence of marijuana is not eligible for workers’ compensation. This is the case regardless of whether the marijuana use is recommended by a physician; While the law does not specifically address reimbursement for medical marijuana recommended for injured workers, Ohio law already has rules and statutes in place that limit what medications are reimbursable by BWC. Administrative code provides that drugs covered by BWC are limited to those that are approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Marijuana has not been approved by the FDA and remains a Schedule I illegal drug under federal law. BWC-funded prescriptions must be dispensed by a registered pharmacist from an enrolled provider. Medical marijuana will be dispensed from retail marijuana dispensaries, not from enrolled pharmacies. BWC only reimburses drugs that are on its pharmaceutical formulary, which is a complete list of medications approved for reimbursement by BWC. Drugs not on the list are not eligible for reimbursement, and under BWC’s current rules, it cannot be included in the formulary, nor is it otherwise eligible for reimbursement.
  5. Hey Canna Friendly Friends, It’s been awhile but I have not stopped grinding on the cause we all know and love, the legalization effort of that Mary Jane. Some big things have been happening that will be revealed throughout the summer so be sure to stay tuned. We hit our unofficial holiday this week and I hope everyone had a fantastic 4/20. On 4/21 I was still blazing at the Vortex show Still B?lazin with Akron Kent Norml and some ganja friendly artists that happened to play. I set up shop for Weed Be Better Off with Alliances new and favorite smoke shop Cali Cultures store owner Josh Joseph as musicians and Akronites piled into a smokey Vortex. The crowd was of the smaller scale and the stage was lit as artists like North Coast Shakedown and Tha Grimey Onez performed unique sets that everyone could dance to. Other than making a presence known and promoting Cali Cultures grand opening ( shameless plug: which will be on April 29th at 4pm in Alliance Ohio ), I was there to speak Akron Kent Norml leader, Jolie Townsend about the decrim movement that is setting up shop in Akron. When I asked her why we should decrim, she said, “Decriminalization at the local level is the first step to sensible marijuana reform. Here in Akron, we have decided to do a citizen's initiative to reduce all penalties for misdemeanor level offenses." She went on to tell me her main reasons why she thinks decrim is absolutely necessary for our community: Jolie’s reasons to decrim: Resources could be better used on other projects within the city Provide patients with the ability to legally grow, possess and use their own medicine Allows law enforcement to devote resources to more serious crime Stops making criminals out of marijuana users Saves the city $$$ According to Jolie, it costs 9× more to process a conviction for a misdemeanor offense than they receive in fines. Blacks are 4× more likely to be arrested is a national average and unfortunately in Akron, that jumps up to 8× more likely to be arrested. Obviously everyone reading this can see exactly why we need reform. Akron Kent Norml has an action meeting coming up for people that are interested in volunteering Wednesday April 26th, 2017. You can find more information about that on their Facebook event page here: I must admit, I was a little disappointed that there were not enough contestants for the 420 Beauty Pageant. Which brings me to my point that I would love to see some more female canna supporters participating in some 420 friendly events in the future. Overall, it was an okay event and I look forward to working with Akron Kent Norml more in the future. I’m very excited to see more canna themed events popping up throughout the Buckeye state and cannot wait for the show that will be occurring May 27th and 28th at the Columbus Convention Center. You can find out more information about this event by visiting: Until Next Time, Stay Pushing Tia Marie Trees About The Blogger: Tia Marie Trees is an Ohio native that shares a passion for writing, acting, and gardening. She is a mother and a friend and contributes pieces to several publications besides including and You can find her on FB at: or on IG at InfiniteMediaTia
  6. Filtered Water via RO/DI Filtered Water is another crucial part of growing medical grade Organic Cannabis. There are so many impurities, chemicals and gunk in city tap water, that it really needs to be filtered to produced the highest quality medicine you can. If you are on well or spring water and have a very low TDS (total dissolved solids) then you probably don't need an RO/DI machine, but may require other types of filtration to remove odors or other issues your water may have. We highly suggest having your well or spring water tested to know exactly what is in it before using it to grow medical grade cannabis. This article will only focus on residential RO/DI filters used primarily on city water. RO/DI stands for Reverse Osmosis De-Ionization. It is the process of removing ALL impurities in your city water, bringing your TDS level down to ZERO! TDS stands for Total Dissolved Solids and can range from 1 to well over 1000ppm (Parts Per Million) and measures the amount of solids within your water via EC Electrical Conductivity. RO/DI units, like the one that are pictured above, are generally considered "residential" in their size & capacity & can do upwards of 200gpd depending on the unit you purchase. You can buy much larger & more expensive commercial units that will produce a much larger water volume, ranging in the thousands of gallons per day. But this particular piece will only focus on the smaller, more affordable residential units. There are generally 4 main stages of RO/DI filters, but can have as many as 6-8, but really a 4 stage is all that is needed unless you need to target a very specific issue within your water. On average, each of these RO/DI filters are capable of doing 10's of thousands of gallons and last around 6-12 before the filters need to be replaced. However, if you have a higher TDS, above 200 or other impurities your filters may need to be changed prior to that 6-8 month mark. Stage 1: Sediment Sediment Pre-Filters helps protect your RO/DI system from the damaging effects of sediment (dirt & debris) build up. The sediment in city or well water can clog faucets, damage appliances and even change the taste of your drinking water. We recommend a 0.5 micron filter for an almost absolute micron rating. - Graduated sediment removal - Excellent for use in areas with extremely high sediment levels - Consistent filtration even at high differential pressures - 100% polypropylene construction - Cartridge free of surfactants, binders and adhesives Here is the difference between & new & used sediment filter, as you can see they pull out A LOT of dirt & debris during the 1st stage! Stage 2: Carbon Carbon filtering is a method of filtering that uses a bed of activated carbon to remove contaminants and impurities, using chemical adsorption. Each particle/granule of carbon provides a large surface area/pore structure, allowing contaminants the maximum possible exposure to the active sites within the filter media. One pound (454 g) of activated carbon contains a surface area of approximately 100 acres (40 Hectares). Activated carbon works via a process called adsorption, whereby pollutant molecules in the fluid to be treated are trapped inside the pore structure of the carbon substrate. Carbon filtering is commonly used for water purification, in air purifiers and industrial gas processing, for example the removal of siloxanes and hydrogen sulfide from biogas. We recommend a 0.5 micron size for your carbon filters so that it has the highest adsorption rate possible. - Removes chlorine, organics, taste and odor - Meet NSF Standards. - 0.5uM carbon block filters remove trihalomethanes, low levels of chloramine, pesticides, volatile organic chemicals (VOC's) and 99.95% of giardia and cryptosporidium cysts. Stage 3: Reverse Osmosis Reverse osmosis (RO) is the true workhorse of an RO/DI system and removes the majority of impurites out of your water a water purification technology that uses a semipermeable membrane to remove ions, molecules, and larger particles from drinking water. In reverse osmosis, an applied pressure is used to overcome osmotic pressure, a colligative property, that is driven by chemical potential differences of the solvent, a thermodynamic parameter. Reverse osmosis can remove many types of dissolved and suspended species from water, including bacteria, and is used in both industrial processes and the production of potable water. After the RO membrane your TDS should be between 10-30ppm. To get it to 0 the 4th stage of De-Ionization is required. Stage 4: De-Ionization De-Ionized water (DI) is water that has had almost all of its mineral ions removed, such as cations like sodium, calcium, iron, and copper, and anions such as chloride and sulfate. De-Ionization is a chemical process that uses specially manufactured ion-exchange resins, which exchange hydrogen and hydroxide ions for dissolved minerals, and then recombine to form water. Because most non-particulate water impurities are dissolved salts, De-Ionization produces a high purity water that is generally similar to distilled water, and this process is quick and without scale build up. A DI filter will bring your TDS levels down to 0 ppms! If you follow this rule of always running RO/DI water you will produce some of the highest grade medical cannabis possible!
  7. Well hello Readers, I cannot thank you enough for supporting me on this journey and wanted to let you know that I have an exciting new set of interviews that I will be releasing in coming months, starting with none other than one of Ohio’s hopeful, first upcoming dispensary chains, STEM Dispensaries. I was first able to meet Stem Dispensaries reps at the Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory meetings this fall. I was blown away by the branding attached to this Ohio Based Dispensary already as they showed me and the team their brand’s logo on already printed hats and stickers. We clicked instantly and were able to get into deep conversation about the structure of Ohio’s Dispensary program. Despite the rough edges of HB 523 discussed at our lunch meeting, the STEM Dispensaries team was still eager to go all in on the not so out of reach dream of owning a legal dispensary in Ohio. Their passion intrigued me and I really couldn’t wait to find out more about them and their organization. I was able to catch up with STEM Dispensary reps later through email to get to the root of what their organization really is and what is their goal for setting up shop in Ohio. Below are my questions with the team’s responses underneath. Enjoy! 1. What is Stem dispensaries? STEM Dispensaries (Science. Technology. Education. Medicinals) is a medical marijuana Dispensary with hopes of obtaining a license in the State of Ohio. STEM Dispensaries was organized by a hand-picked group of industry professionals with a proven track record of success. The STEM team is committed to providing their customers with the most effective products every time they walk through the door. 2. What made you want a dispensary? The dispensary space is where you can engage and teach patients on the benefits of medical marijuana. In a dispensary, patients have the opportunity to explore a variety of alternative medicines. 3. Did you study any other dispensaries? If so, who? We consulted and continue consultation through industry leaders. These leaders will continue to walk us through the processes and operation methods they have faced in the medical marijuana dispensary space. They will help us form the best operations, security plans, and overall customer experience through the existence of STEM Dispensaries. 4. How do you plan on educating people about your products? We hired a clinical director who will write and implement a free patient based training program. This program will include consultation for any questions a patient would need pertaining to medical marijuana. ie: The Endo-cannabinoid system, How Medical Marijuana helps patients, and differences in Sublingual, Transdermal and Topical training classes. 5. What are some of the biggest challenges you faced thus far trying to get into this industry? We are fully prepared to the challenge of entering this space. The limiting amount of licensing would be the only barrier. The STEM team is compiled of a pharmacist, physician-assistant, educator,entrepreneurs, marketers, and consultation from the medical marijuana industry. 6. What charities do you plan to give back to? STEM Dispensaries will offer a program for veterans, disabled, and patients with financial hardships. We will work with local charities to determine the needs of each organization. 7. What ailments do you want to laser target on helping? All ailments under HB523. STEM Dispensaries are committed to the patient needs. 8. How do you plan to help the community you open in? The cities who embrace medical marijuana will thrive from the economic benefits. We will help the local communities by offering jobs for local members. Donating to local charities and offering a safe, knowledgeable environment for patients to obtain there medicine. 9. Do you have an area you want to place your dispensary in already or are you still open? We plan to apply for licensing in Columbus, Dayton, and Akron, OH. We have spoken to local constituents and they will welcome us in their cities. If you would like to find more out about STEM Dispensaries, feel free to check out their Facebook Page Directly at: or their website at: They are also conducting circulating a survey that you can take here: Much Love & Until Next Time, Stay Pushing Tia Marie Trees
  8. Our very own Johnny was featured in an article on! Lack of education about the effectiveness of cannabis I think continuing to push research to the forefront will stop the naysayers who think cannabis isn't effective. We've discovered so much about what this plant is capable of these last 10 years that I think it's blown everyone's mind. And then that pushes us to the education. When people understand something they're more comfortable and ok with it especially when they realize this plant is actually helping people and not hurting society the way it's been demonized. Imagine where we'll be legally and research wise in another 10 years. We've just rediscovered the most amazing plant on this planet. Johnny is the Mad Scientist & Wizard behind the curtain of He proudly handles, the #1 Industry Insider & Lifestyle Brand for marijuana-related news. Visit their Facebook page: /ohioweedcom/.
  9. Eastlake JFK Nike facility Ohio Medical Marijuana meeting 1/31/17 The meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 31 at City Hall in Council chambers, is for the purpose of addressing the questions and concerns of Eastlake residents.
  10. Now that several states have legalized marijuana, in most places for medical use only, a patchwork of different state laws clash with federal drug laws and raise questions about how to comply with these statutes. One issue concerning employers is how to maintain a drug-free workplace in a state where marijuana is legalized for medical purposes. Review Ohio medical marijuana issues, OSHA drug testing rule changes and provide an overview of the BWC’s Drug-Free Safety Program. This is a FREE webinar, but slots are limited so make sure you RSVP!
  11. Now that several states have legalized marijuana, in most places for medical use only, a patchwork of different state laws clash with federal drug laws and raise questions about how to comply with these statutes. One issue concerning employers is how to maintain a drug-free workplace in a state where marijuana is legalized for medical purposes. Some common questions that we will review include: Is the employer required to accommodate an employee’s use, possession, or distribution of medical marijuana? Is an employer prohibited from refusing to hire, discharge or discipline because of that person’s use, possession or distribution of medical marijuana? Can an employer discharge an employee who tests positive? Who Should Attend: Company Executives, Human Resources Personnel, Operations Managers and Safety Supervisors. Price is $60 -
  12. Now that several states have legalized marijuana, in most places for medical use only, a patchwork of different state laws clash with federal drug laws and raise questions about how to comply with these statutes. One issue concerning employers is how to maintain a drug-free workplace in a state where marijuana is legalized for medical purposes. Some common questions that we will review include: Is the employer required to accommodate an employee’s use, possession, or distribution of medical marijuana? Is an employer prohibited from refusing to hire, discharge or discipline because of that person’s use, possession or distribution of medical marijuana? Can an employer discharge an employee who tests positive? Who Should Attend: Company Executives, Human Resources Personnel, Operations Managers and Safety Supervisors. Price is $60 - This meeting will also take place in the following cities & dates: June 28th - Columbus
  13. Now that several states have legalized marijuana, in most places for medical use only, a patchwork of different state laws clash with federal drug laws and raise questions about how to comply with these statutes. One issue concerning employers is how to maintain a drug-free workplace in a state where marijuana is legalized for medical purposes. Some common questions that we will review include: Is the employer required to accommodate an employee’s use, possession, or distribution of medical marijuana? Is an employer prohibited from refusing to hire, discharge or discipline because of that person’s use, possession or distribution of medical marijuana? Can an employer discharge an employee who tests positive? Who Should Attend: Company Executives, Human Resources Personnel, Operations Managers and Safety Supervisors. Price is $60 - This meeting will also take place in the following cities & dates: June 7th - Perrysburg June 28th - Columbus
  14. Now that several states have legalized marijuana, in most places for medical use only, a patchwork of different state laws clash with federal drug laws and raise questions about how to comply with these statutes. One issue concerning employers is how to maintain a drug-free workplace in a state where marijuana is legalized for medical purposes. Some common questions that we will review include: Is the employer required to accommodate an employee’s use, possession, or distribution of medical marijuana? Is an employer prohibited from refusing to hire, discharge or discipline because of that person’s use, possession or distribution of medical marijuana? Can an employer discharge an employee who tests positive? Who Should Attend: Company Executives, Human Resources Personnel, Operations Managers and Safety Supervisors. Price is $60 - This meeting will also take place in the following cities & dates: May 10th - Cincinnati June 7th - Perrysburg June 28th - Columbus
  15. Ohio Towns With Medicial Marijuana Moratirums This particular blog & accompanying forum thread located here will be continually updated with the cities, towns, counties & municipalities that have placed any type of moratorium on any cultivation, processing or retail dispensing of medical marijuana in Ohio. HB 523 allows municipalities to establish their own regulations to prohibit or limit the number of marijuana operations. Please feel free to add to the list or correct us if you come across others we are missing or have by accident - this is going to be a big undertaking. 6 Month Moratoriums: Lakewood Beavercreek Piqua Rocky River Lima Portsmouth Ohio City Parma Brooklyn North Canton New Albany Pickerington Avon Lake North Olmstead Olmstead Falls Sheffield Village Tallmadge City Clayton Miami Township Miamisburg West Milton Medina Broadview Heights Bresksville Strongsville Munroe Falls Hudson Stow Springfield Westlake Fariview Park Xenia Wapakoneta Tiffin Bryan Napoleon McConnelsville Village Aurora Covington Port Clinton Sandusky Vermillion Huron Township Perkins Township Grandview Heights 12 Month Moratoriums: Dover City New Philadelphia Akron Cleveland Upper Arlington City Franklin Middletown (Butler County) Liberty Township Ross Township Zanesville Lancaster Fremont Fostoria Concord Township Waterville Weathersfield Loveland 18 Month Moratoriums: Bexley (Proposed Ordinance 36-16) 24 Month Moratoriums: Findlay PERMANENT BANS: Hamilton, Butler County Belmont County has banned Employees use of MMJ Bay Village (They city officials wanted to point out that they may retract the ban at some point in the future)
  16. No Breaks For The Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee Learn the latest updates to Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Bill HB523 Welcome again Readers! It is almost time for the holidays, but that doesn’t mean Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Advisory committee has stopped working. On Thursday December 15th, 2016, and I attended a meeting held at Vern Riffle Center in Columbus. This meeting covered physician, dispensary, & cultivation laws while touching on many other issues like the seed to sale app. When I first walked into the meeting, the committee members were already in deep discussion about the physician part of Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Bill. Just like last meeting, it was mentioned that physicians will have to complete a course in order to recommend medication. The committee also explained that even though they are still working out the details, there will be a suffix on the physician's license that will be identify the doctor as one who is licensed to recommend medical marijuana. However, whether they will have a book or type of directory that will identify them as cannabis recommending doctors is yet to be determined. Laws will also require an in person visit to get a medical marijuana recommendation. You can watch the full 13 part segment in our video section. After finishing up the Physician discussion, the meeting broke for lunch and Tim Johnson once again proved that he has the best taste in restaurants that side of Columbus. Tim brought us to Graze Columbus, which is neatly tucked within Ohio’s State House. We dined on a wide variety of dishes, with myself deciding upon a fantastic chicken wrap that featured fresh quinoa and vegetables along with adobe like chicken. Our table which included Tim and his wife Wendy, crew, and hopeful future Stem Dispensaries owner, discussed the progression of the meeting and an upcoming conference called: The Cannabis Impact: Opportunities, Issues, and Challenges for Ohio This event will include Tim and some other Ohio cannabis superstars as a part of the line up on February 4th, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. This conference will be hosted by Theresa Daniello, founder of TDCANN Institute. Theresa Daniello is a cannabis expert that has traveled throughout the country, who was able to join us at our table before dessert. She was able to give us a deeper look into one of the speakers that will be coming to the event in February. His name is Don E. Wirtshafter Esq. and he seems to be a hidden gem among canna-enthusiasts. As he is Director of Cannabis Museum, he holds the key to several cannabis and hemp artifacts in the palm of his hand and will be presenting some of this information at Theresa’s event in February. I was also able to get a sneak preview of the museum by Tim Johnson, and cannot tell Ohio Cannabis Insiders how excited I am to speak to rack this man’s brain. After we finished lunch we ventured back over to the meeting and took our seats. This time around, committee members went deeper within dispensary laws as well as explaining how they reached their conclusions. To much surprise of the audience, it was announced that there were to be only 40 dispensaries to start out with for Ohio’s 88 counties. Each will have a biennial (every 2 years) fee of $80,000 for the license and an application fee of $5,000. Remind you that an annual pharmacy license remains at only $1,000.00. The current rules as they are written, will also make it impossible for patients, whether in hospice or critical care, to have their medication transported to them. When asked if drugs like morphine and other pharmaceuticals are able to be transported, the panel members replied yes. There was talk of possibly allowing patients to receive medicine at their homes with doctor recommendation, however as it stands, this will STILL NOT BE ALLOWED. On a brighter note, before closing, the committee brought news that cultivation centers will be expanded. Tier 1 Grow Sites would be increased from 15,000 to to 25,000 square feet while Tier 2 Grow Sites would be increased from 1,600 to 3,000 square feet. Closing comments were met with mixed feelings by advisory members, stating that strict rules will make it that much harder to get participation from physicians. With 45% out of 3,000 doctors surveyed already saying they will be unlikely to recommended, this could be a huge blow to Ohio’s Medical Plan. It was also mentioned that closing down additional revenue streams such as t-shirts, hats & vaporizers in dispensaries will make it challenging for them to stay afloat and in turn cause the system to fail. Regardless of the likelihood of this system's success, there is one person that seems to be the shining star for patients and asking the tough questions that will get us to where we need to be - James “Ted” Bibart. A legislative analyst whose studies state medical marijuana laws for Benesch Attorneys at Law, would be that person. Not only was I impressed by the way he handled himself but also by the way he directed the meeting to get back on task when it seemed to get down one of the committees endless loop questions. The next meeting should be in January, so before then I encourage you and all my readers to let your state know what you think about these rules by visiting their public comment page. Once again, this is Tia Marie Trees and I hope you have a fantastic day. Until Next Time, Stay Pushing Tia Marie Trees
  17. Ohio's New Medical Marijuana Landscape (Video Replay) Attention Ohio Attorneys! Governor Kasich just signed the Medical Marijuana Bill. This event will provide practitioners with the history of the bill; the bill's contents; legal issues including contracts, ethics, labor and employment, family law and criminal law; and national implications among other things. 3.0 CLE Hours • Event #161214OT Pricing: M: $135/$150 • NM: $185/$200 • P/Non-Attorney: $105/$120 CLE Easy Pass Eligible
  18. Ohio doctors are not ready to take the risk just yet to recommend Medical Marijuana to patients in Ohio (Part 1) Today I met with a physician, to gather an idea of the fear's and concerns that Ohio doctor's face with medical marijuana. The fear isn't just with the medical board and risks of loosing their license, as previously thought. They see liability and insurance concerns to be at the top of the list. The problem is most doctor's are within a group or hospital, which mean their malpractice insurance is covered by that group, such as hospitals, clinics, ect. However, knowing that most private practices are of the dinosaur age, finding a physician that is willing to leave their group, is and will be a task, considering they no longer have the same insurance protection and will need to pay out of pocket for their own malpractice insurance. The costs of this can easily start at $30,000. Which is why private practice is being pushed out in the first place. The "unknown" liability aspects are of major concern, example if your patients is using medical cannabis, within the legalities of HB 523, and the patient drives while being under the influence of prescription medications, including recommended cannabis, is it possible that legal action can be taken against the "recommending physician". In addition, some medical professionals are under the assumption that they aren't just writing recommendations, but their impression without legal representation, is they are writing a prescription for the individual patients and have no knowledge of what strains or CBD & THC content needed, for specific diseases outlined on the house bill. He also, mentioned that most physicians have not researched the potentially uses and possible dangers associated, and it isn't that they don't see potential, but from a medical standpoint, there simply isn't enough United States backing research. It appears the "unknowns" are the cause of majority of licensed doctor's to not want to be the first to take that leap, even with knowing, that immunity as outlined in HB 523, provides protection of liabilities. Another issue is, the overall unknowns coming from the committee, what changes might take place, how will those changes effect certified recommending physicians, and what happens when those changes are made. In short how will this effect my future as an Ohio state licensed medical doctor, and how can I maintain my patients needs, if changes will be implemented, down the road. As, he stated this is just the beginning, and physician's and patient's need to know understand the road is long, and as seen in other legal states, it leaves out those who cannot afford the medical marijuana needs, and veteran's are still left out, when it comes to using the V.A. for their medical needs. Stay tuned for part 2 of this deeper look into what's holding physicians back.
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    The purpose is to exert public pressure on the Medical Board of Ohio. The Medical Board statements undermines HB523/Section 6 and “Prolongs the Pain” as the Toledo Blade editorial pointed out recently. The Medical Board of Ohio is being misleading by telling doctor they are not permitted to do so and then adding go talk to your lawyer. Physicians all over Ohio are not making medical marijuana recommendation that they are legally able to do based on what the Medical Board of Ohio is telling them. After the demonstration, we will go across the street and visit a few legislators and maybe pop into the governor’s office. At 2:00pm we will meet at Columbus Commons. This is a 9-acre park and green space in downtown Columbus, Ohio located on the site of the former Columbus City Center mall. The address is 160 S High St, Columbus, OH 43215 and within a block south of the State Capitol.
  20. Ohio State Medical Marijuana Board has it's heads appointed 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.
  21. Marijuana Legalization Open Forum Co-sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, and the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland Live Stream of this event: Panelists: Kenny Yuko, Ohio State Senator, District 25 (tentative) Brian Bachelder, President of OSMA and Family Physician at Akron General Hospital Garett Fortune, CEO, FunkSac, Compliant Packaging for the Cannabis Industry Thomas G. Haren, Seeley, Savidge, Ebert & Gourash., L.P.A., editor, OH Marijuana Law Blog Moderator: Jackie Borchardt, Columbus Bureau Reporter, For more information contact: Felicia Westbrooks, 216-368-2090 Ohio became the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana earlier this year but the debate about cannabis reform is far from over in the Buckeye State. Rules for the medical marijuana program will be written in the coming months, and advocates as well as the national group that had spearheaded a competing ballot initiative are pushing lawmakers to make good on promises made when they approved the program. What will Ohio's medical marijuana program look like? And what does the law mean for future marijuana reform efforts in Ohio? Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma-Snow Branch 2121 Snow Road Parma, Ohio 44134 Thursday, October 13, 2016 7:00 - 8:30 pm
  22. Hello Friends, It is great to have the privilege of writing my first article for this publication, especially about one of my favorite things in the whole world, Marijuana Events. Sit back, relax, and let me do the footwork for you. Here is my account of a recent Ohio Cannabis Event that happened in Cleveland a few days ago. On August 17th, I had the pleasure of attending the Marijuana Business Daily Seminar in Cleveland, Ohio. This was my first MBD event, and I must say I was quite impressed with their delivery and execution of the “Crash Course” they held at Cleveland's own Doubletree Hotel. I found easy access to the event venue along with free parking very close by. The hotel was marked clearly and I was able to get parked and into the seminar smoothly. The check in process was seamless as I was greeted with a cheerful smile by the MBD attendant and awarded a lanyard with my name printed on it that would be my ticket into all the events for the evening. She also handed me my course workbook as well as the Marijuana Business Daily Factbook Complimentary Excerpt that gave access to exclusive charts and findings along with a discount promo code to use online after the event. As soon as I obtained my press pass, I followed signs that pointed me into the Crystal Ballroom where the event was being held. The layout of the event was very well organized with education being at the far end, check in in between, and a networking area on the other side. It helped that each station was on the same floor and very easy to navigate. Once inside the ballroom, I was able to take a seat next to Thomas Haren, an LPA from Seeley, Savidge, Ebert & Gourash Co., in the front right where I could have a great view of the speakers and two large projector screens that displayed the presenters powerpoints upon them. Placed neatly upon the table in front of was a bottle of water, a copy of Marijuana Business Daily Magazine, as well as a pen and paper for note taking. There were several speakers that spoke on a number of different topics such as House Bill 523 and and Cannabis Industry Security. One of my favorite speakers of the day was A Diane Czarkowski from Canna Advisors. She presented on: “The Plant Behind The Industry: Cannabis” and “Real Estate and Community”. She stated that in Ohio Local Municipality will play a huge role in where cannabis will be allowed to be sold. With the current bill, municipal governments can still opt out to having legal cannabis in their town depending on the vote of the community. She suggested the best way to get around these opt outs was to make strong and healthy connections at all local levels. This means going to town meetings, collecting letters, and making sure that cannabis business operators are completely transparent with their business plans and what they intend to do for the community. She gave several examples for philanthropy activity that even other dispensaries are doing right now in legal states like wheelchair repairs and litter clean ups. One of my favorite examples for a great give back that she mentioned was a group called “Natural High’s” that states via on their website that their mission is: “WE EXIST TO INSPIRE & EMPOWER YOUTH TO FIND THEIR NATURAL HIGH AND DEVELOP THE SKILLS & COURAGE TO LIVE LIFE WELL.” Along with a great presentation, Diane really showed the audience how to build a stable relationship with their local community as well as participate in the act of paying it forward. According to the Factbook in the year 2020, cannabis sales are destined to reach $40 - $45 Billion for recreational use. This could mean several green businesses and their affiliates working with nonprofits like this one to help change communities for the better. After the morning seminar, we were given a chance to meet and greet other attendees at a lunch in held on the same floor. Dazzling chandeliers and rich wood work covered the room and a serve yourself style buffet was placed in the back of the room. I was able to grab a seat next to my partner as well as a mother daughter entrepreneurial team from Ohio and a two representatives from Wadsworth Control Systems and Delta T Solutions. The food was a delicious selection of vegetable lasagna, herb potatoes, green beans, and soup along with a selection of different baked goods for dessert. It was a round table style seating so conversation was able to flow easily throughout the event attendees. I was able to have a great conversation with Climate control pro, from Wadsworth Control Systems about the current Ohio market and it’s future with Amanda Debevc. We were also able to start skimming the surface of the art of growing in “hoop houses” as we spoke about new growing techniques. She was also able to give me a little insight into what it’s like at the next Marijuana Business Daily Convention in Las Vegas Nevada. She said it was by far one of the best conferences she's been to. Amanda described the layout as one that was well organized and possessed a certain elegance. As opposed to the “deadhead crowd” that seems to inhabit most of the cannabis cup events, this event is more designed to bring the account executives and entrepreneurs that are currently making or ready to make their marks in the industry. After finishing lunch and a great conversation with my table, it was time to go back into the the ballroom to hear speakers address topics like Cannabis Testing and Business Funding. One of the last speakers and my table companion, was Tom Haren. I was able to watch Tom and Leslie Rosman present on a State Overview, giving insights into the Ohio’s medical cannabis business structure that included a Retail Rundown and an Ancillary Business Landscape. When asked about how he felt about the recent legalization efforts in Ohio from an LPA standpoint Tom replied, “The legalization of medical marijuana in Ohio is a much needed step forward for Ohio patients. Now, though, comes the hard part. The Department of Commerce and the State Board of Pharmacy have been tasked with creating regulations for this nascent industry, and we will not know for some time whether those regulations will allow for an open, well-regulated, and functioning market.” After the seminar guests were able to stay for a cocktail networking hour where they could drink and connect with other entrepreneurs and business representatives. It was wonderful to see an event to weighted with networking opportunities for its attendees. Overall I would this event a 4 leaf rating on a 5 leaf scale. This was a pleasant event with a great balance of networking and education all at the same time. My only suggestion would be to add more cultural diversity to the list of speakers as well as a longer q and a session. Once again I would like thank Marijuana Business Daily for allowing me to cover it. If you have an event you would like myself or one of Ohio’s writers to cover, please email me at: Tia Marie Trees Post Profile: Cannabis Activist, Ohio Native, Toking Traveler, Event Enthusiast, Canna Momma
  23. BROOK PARK, Ohio -- City council members passed a resolution Sept. 20 that will initiate a process to manage the presence and implementation of medical marijuana in Brook Park. Originally Brook Park has instituted a 6 month moratorium but Councilwoman Julie McCormick introduced new legislation to amend the original moratorium. "This would lay out a plan of how we're going to respond to the state's legalizing medical marijuana," McCormick explained to council. "(It involves) holding public hearings and recognizing that our residents have the right to use this and that we need to be responsible in how we implement this in Brook Park." It also "recognizes the potential for economic development opportunities that may arise (in Brook Park) as a result of the state's new medical marijuana laws." Council wants to ensure, however, that any medical marijuana initiatives are "done safely and responsibly." Councilman Tom Troyer emphasized "there are people that can really use this." "This legislation complements the moratorium we already passed," Troyer said. "It gives us a chance to come up with our own rules and regulations concerning this. It's not recreational but for medical use." McCormick indicated in an e-mail to that council members will work with Mayor Tom Coyne to arrange public hearings. The intent is to gather feedback from the community, as well as from industry experts, pharmacists and physicians. "The goal of holding the public meetings is ... to determine how Brook Park will respond to the state's legalization of medical marijuana," the resolution indicates. "The council of the city of Brook Park supports the rights of residents to access medical care to alleviate pain and suffering from qualified medical conditions as determined by the state of Ohio and it new Medical Marijuana Committee."
  24. State Senator Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) released the following statement to address the legislative intent of the affirmative defense provision in HB 523, the bill establishing a medical marijuana program in Ohio. The senator's statement is in response to the guidance to physicians issued yesterday by the State Medical Board of Ohio. “The goal of the affirmative defense is to expedite access for patients who have a qualifying condition and a recommendation from their doctor. It would protect them from a possession of marijuana or marijuana paraphernalia conviction. This was considered an appropriate compromise to avoid forcing those in significant need to wait while Ohio took the important time to effectively establish the regulatory system.” “The affirmative defense section spells out everything a physician would need to do to provide patients with this limited, short-term protection without having to wait for the agencies. It simply wouldn’t make sense to read it any other way.”
  25. Plant Material May be Outlawed in HB 523 Revision While the current Ohio Medical Marijuana HB 523 does allow for the sale of plant material or "flower" to patients to vaporize, according to - Ohio's law HB 523 allows "plant material" to be sold, but prohibits smoking. The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy will likely narrow that description to marijuana to exclude dried flowers. We will see how this plays out and if the Ohio Medical Marijuana Committee will continue to allow plant material to be sold to patients. There is much a head of the new panel that is currently in the midst of being created, but no doubt addressing this is at the top of their list.