National group releases plan for Ohio medical pot issue

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CLEVELAND (AP) — A national marijuana legalization group released the text of a fall ballot measure that will ask voters to approve a medical marijuana program in Ohio.

Washington, D.C.-based, Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) discussed its initiative, Tuesday.

Under the plan, Ohio would establish a marijuana system similar to those already operating in 23 states and the District of Columbia. It likely would allow people with serious medical conditions to buy medical marijuana from retail stores or to grow their own with physician approval.

MPP detailed that it would establish Medical Marijuana Control Division, known as the “Division”, with five members appointed by the director of commerce to four-year terms. The “Division” would, “implement programs, develop and enforce rules, license businesses to make marijuana available to qualifying patients for medical use, and prevent diversion of marijuana.”

Another board, made up of nine people, would advise the “Division” on regulation, licensing, and use of medical marijuana.

A confidential online registry would be created that would hold the information of qualifying patients and their caregivers. Law enforcement and medical marijuana establishments would able to access this information.

The effort comes as the Republican-led legislature is weighing taking its own action on medical marijuana.

Ohio voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposal last fall to legalize pot for most uses, but the effort showed most Ohio voters do favor medical marijuana.

Click to right to read their initiative summary.

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