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HB 523 - Authorizes Medical Marijuana - Ohio Key Vote

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NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

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Title: Authorizes Medical Marijuana

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes certain qualifying patients to use medical marijuana.

Highlights:

  • Authorizes a registered qualifying physician to treat a patient who has been diagnosed with a “qualifying medical condition” with medical marijuana (Sec. 1).
  • Defines “qualifying medical condition” as a condition including, but not limited to, the following conditions (Sec. 1):
    • Cancer;
    • Glaucoma;
    • Inflammatory bowel disease;
    • Multiple sclerosis; and
    • Parkinson’s disease.
  • Specifies that medical marijuana is dispensed as an oil, tincture, plant material, edible, or patch (Sec. 1).
  • Prohibits an individual from smoking, combusting, or vaporizing medical marijuana (Sec. 1).
  • Establishes the Medical Marijuana Control Commission to register qualifying physicians and patients seeking medical marijuana (Sec. 1).
  • Requires a business that seeks a license to cultivate, process, or dispense medical marijuana to file an application with the Commission (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that the provisions of this bill do not require the following actions (Sec. 1):
    • Require an employer to authorize an employee’s use or possession of medical marijuana;
    • Prohibit an employer from declining to hire or taking an “adverse employment action” against an individual for the use or possession of medical marijuana; or
    • Prohibit an employer from establishing and enforcing a drug testing policy, drug-free workplace policy, or zero-tolerance drug policy.
  • Specifies that an individual who is discharged from employment because of his or her use of medical marijuana is considered to have been discharged for “just cause” and is ineligible for unemployment compensation (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes a municipality to adopt an ordinance to prohibit or limit the number of retail dispensaries of medical marijuana within its territory (Sec. 1).

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