Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Ohio Medical Compassion Act : House Bill 478

You can read the entire bill here.

Okay folks, the Ohio Medical Compassion Act introduced by state representative Kenny Yuko is officially a bill in the house thanks to co-sponsors
Representatives Hagan, Foley, Okey, Sykes, and Stewart. If you see these people anywhere, please hug them. (Or you could write a nice thank-you letter)

The bill will allow for doctors to prescribe Marijuana as a medicine for numerous symptoms, including:
Cancer; glaucoma; positive status for human immunodeficiency virus; acquired immune deficiency syndrome; hepatitis C; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; Crohn's disease; agitation of Alzheimer's disease; nail patella; multiple sclerosis; injury or disease to the spinal cord, spinal column, or vertebra; mylomalacia; celiac disease; sickle cell anemia; or the treatment of these conditions;
(2) A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following:
(a) Cachexia or wasting syndrome;
(b) Severe or chronic pain;
(c) Severe or chronic nausea;
(d) Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy;
(e) Severe or persistent muscle spasms.
(3) Any other medical condition or its treatment added as a debilitating medical condition pursuant to section 3728.37 of the Revised Code.

The bill also allows for the ownership of 200 grams of cannabis or 12 mature cannabis plants. It allows for registration as a primary caregiver for a medical cannabis patient provided the caregiver registers where they will begin to grow the cannabis, reports any drug related offenses they have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to (which if present will likely lead to application denial) and is at least 21 years of age.

Things explicitly not allowed are the possession of cannabis or paraphernalia in prisons or schools, transportation of cannabis across state lines, and numerous other stipulations.

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