Medical Marijuana Bill on Fast Track


The House is conducting several hearings a week on HB 523, the medical marijuana bill that was recommended by a House task force.  The House aims to get the bill off the floor and to the Senate by the end of the month.  There are indications that the Senate wants to get the bill to the governor by Memorial Day or so. This week, the Ohio State Medical Association testified that the bill is much preferable from a medical standpoint to proposed constitutional amendments, particularly its control by prescription of licenced physicians, its prohibition of home growing, and its focus on continuing research on medical efficacy. ran a good summary of the physician perspectives.