The path toward legal medical marijuana in Ohio grew clearer today with the Marijuana Policy Project releasing ballot language
for its hopeful appearance before voters in November.
Read a Q&A on the initiative here
In short, 15 large grow sites would be set up around the state, with an "unlimited" number of small-time growers and retail dispensary operators. (Local governments could ban those marijuana operations, however, which would trigger a voter referendum on the matter.)
“A dozen or 15 large grows can’t possibly provide all of the medical marijuana that’s needed in the state," Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, said. "In fact, 15 large grows would comprise a combined total of less than nine acres, which obviously isn’t sufficient to treat what will be approximately 215,000 patients. This is why we included no cap on the number of medium-grow licenses.”
In the event the initiative passes, the state must set up a Medical Marijuana Control Division and a Medical Marijuana Advisory Board, which will oversee and regulate medical marijuana operations and the official patient and caregiver registry in Ohio.
"The list of medical conditions in the Ohio initiative is similar to the laws in Arizona and Michigan, in that the Ohio initiative will protect patients with cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, severe pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, and several other medical conditions," Kampia said. "People can also petition the Ohio government to add medical conditions to the list, which is important for people with rare diseases.”