Ohio medical marijuana group opposes expansion bill | OhioPosted by On

(The Center Square) – Potential changes to Ohio’s medical marijuana control program that would expand the types of conditions eligible for treatment and creates the Division of Marijuana Control has industry groups concerned.

The Ohio Medical Cannabis Industry Association said Monday expanding cultivation space and licenses comes is unnecessary and comes at a time when many of the state’s growers have reduced production and the patient-base is stagnant.

“Ohio’s stagnant patient base does not warrant [Senate Bill 9’s] additional licensure and expansion of cultivation space,” said Matt Close, executive director of the OMICA. “The last thing we need is more supply. Instead, legislation should focus on addressing our industry’s most significant challenge: excessive barriers to patient participation.” 

SB9, which goes before the Senate General Government Committee on Tuesday, is similar to legislation that passed the Senate during the last General Assembly in December 2021. It did not pass the House. That bill, just like the new one, was introduced by Sen. Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City.

“As a medical doctor and a state senator, I am committed to improving the quality of life of the people I serve,” Huffman said after Senate passage in 2021. “My hope is that this business-friendly bill will create greater access for patients at a…

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