Ohio Medical Marijuana Bill
February 17, 2005
State Senator Bob Hagan (D-Youngstown) today introduced a bill that would allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to terminally ill patients or patients with debilitating medical conditions.
“This bill is about helping seriously ill and debilitated Ohioans get access to a treatment that will help them,” Senator Hagan said. “I’m not trying to legalize marijuana. I just believe that allowing people to suffer needlessly when there is an effective drug out there to ease their symptoms is unconscionable.”
“This, sensible, humane bill is modeled after successful laws that are working well in 10 states, with overwhelming support from both the public and the medical community,' said Neal Levine, director of state policies for the Marijuana policy project in Washington, D.C. 'No one battling a serious illness should have to fear arrest and jail for using a treatment recommended by their doctor.'
'Cannabis has been proven to be an effective medicine and this bill will protect patients and doctors. Hopefully this bill will pass and the sick and dying can finally be taken off the battlefield in the war on drugs,' said Joseph Zoretic, president of the Ohio Patient Action Network.
The proposed legislation would allow doctors to recommend marijuana therapy to patients under the following circumstances:
- The physician provides a statement that a full assessment has been made of the patient and the patient has a medical condition that would benefit from marijuana therapy.
- The physician provides the patient with information about the benefits and possible risks of smoked marijuana use and the patient signs a waiver stating they understand the risks.
- The patient suffers from one or more of the following conditions or symptoms: HIV/AIDS and other wasting diseases, epilepsy, glaucoma, Multiple Sclerosis, muscle spasticity, cancer, cachexia, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Crohn’s disease, nausea and chronic pain.