On Saturday the Ohio Rights Group held a kickoff event to introduce their new initiative to legalize medical cannabis in Ohio. The group has to collect 1,000 signatures before it can make its way through the attorney general’s office. Once it does, they’ll need to collect roughly 383,000 valid signatures to put it to a vote of the people.
The initiative would legalize the possession, transportation personal cultivation and purchase of cannabis for medical purposes to those who are qualified patients. A 9-person commission, titled the Ohio Commission of Cannabis Control, would oversee specific regulations in regards to possession limits, etc.. The commission would also establish regulations for legal access points.
If passed, a large amount of conditions would qualify someone to get a doctor’s recommendation. Below is the list of conditions according to the initiative’s text, which you can read in its entirety by clicking here.
(E) Debilitating medical conditions include, but are not limited to, the following diagnoses: glaucoma; multiple congenital cartilaginous exostosis; multiple sclerosis; nail-patella syndrome; positive status for human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS); Alzheimer’s disease; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; cancer; celiac disease; Crohn’s disease; hepatitis C; mylomalacia; post traumatic stress; rheumatoid arthritis; sickle cell anemia; injury or disease to the spinal cord, spinal column or vertebra; Tourette’s syndrome; a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe or chronic nausea, seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy, or severe or persistent muscle spasms; depression; and any additional medical condition or its treatment that may be designated by the Commission or set forth by the General Assembly pursuant to Section 3.