Ohio Senate looks to tweak medical marijuana proposal

The Senate is expected to make a handful of changes on Wednesday to a House-passed medical marijuana bill, including who is responsible for crafting the rules and regulations.

The bill, which leaders still hope to pass before lawmakers break in June, is expected to retain many of the House-passed restrictions, including a ban on home-grown marijuana and aprohibition against smoking while still allowing vaping.

The House bill handed the regulatory aspects of medical marijuana, including who is licensed to grow and dispense the drug, to an appointed nine-member control commission. But Sen. Dave Burke, R-Marysville, a licensed pharmacist, has said for weeks that he would prefer that power go to an established state board.

When changes are rolled out Wednesday, the Senate is likely to place regulatory authority with the state Pharmacy Board and give the appointed commission more of an advisory role.

To read more: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/05/18/senate-looks-to-change-marijuana-regulation-process.html#

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