Ohio House Passes Historic Plan to Legalize Medical Marijuana

8 Indest-2008-5By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

On May 10, 2016, the Ohio House passed a historic plan to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio after a lengthy debate. After years of opposition to such a plan, it passed with a vote of 71-26. The bill’s GOP sponsor Rep. Stephen Huffman, an emergency room physician, said this new law is what is best for patients

Why Did it Pass Now?

According to a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University, residents of Ohio are much more interested in legalizing medical marijuana than the recreational drug. To read more on the poll, click here .

The bill’s GOP sponsor Dr. Stephen Huffman, said that the law which was passed is what’s best for patients in Ohio since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has failed to take similar action. “I am absolutely convinced that there is therapeutic value in medical marijuana,” said Dr. Huffman, after reciting a portion of the Hippocratic Oath. “There is absolutely no doubt in my mind.”

Others believe that the legalization of medical marijuana is needed as an alternative to opiates for patients with chronic pain.

Ohio Lawmakers Are Not Ready For All Forms of Medical Marijuana.

Despite the passing of this bill, Ohio’s legislature does not appear to be ready to legalize all forms of medical marijuana, there are restrictions. The strict bill which was passed, would not allow patients to grow marijuana at home or smoke it. Additionally an employers could fire an employee for having marijuana in his or her system, even if it is recommended by a physician.

The proposal is now headed to the Ohio Senate, where minor changes are expected. The bill could be on Gov. John Kasich’s desk by the end of the month. To read one of my prior blogs on the legalization of medical marijuana, click here .

Contact Experienced Health Law Attorneys for Medical Marijuana Concerns.

The Health Law Firm attorneys can assist health care providers and facilities, such as doctors, pharmacists and pharmacies, wanting to participate in the medical marijuana industry. We can properly draft and complete the applications for registration, permitting and/or licensing, while complying with Florida law. We can also represent doctors, pharmacies and pharmacists facing proceedings brought by state regulators or agencies.

To contact The Health Law Firm please call (407) 331-6620 and visit our website at www.TheHealthLawFirm.com.


Balmert, Jessie. “House passes medical marijuana plan in historic vote.” Cincinnati Enquirer. (May 11, 2016). Web.

About the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law. He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice. Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area. www.TheHealthLawFirm.com The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone: (407) 331-6620.

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