Recent proposals to Ohio’s regulatory body on medical marijuana suggest the state is set to have among the most restrictive limits on possession of plant material, and advocates have expressed their doubts regarding the state’s approach.
The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy presented a draft proposal in February to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee containing recommendations for 90-day supply limits on medical marijuana. It based recommendations on Tetrahydrocannabinol — commonly referred to as THC — content.
“They’re somewhat placing limits on a specific compound that doesn’t necessarily mean anything or mean as much as they believe it does,” Brad White, a spokesman for the medical marijuana advocacy group United Ohio, said.
The pharmacy board broke down the proposed amount of plant material into two tiers, capping THC content at 35 percent. The plant material qualifies as Tier I if it contains up to 23 percent THC, and qualifies as Tier II if it’s more than 23 percent. Patients are limited to six ounces of Tier 1 plant material and four ounces of Tier 2 plant material.
Patients would be limited to 40.5 grams of THC for oils for vaporization, 19.8 grams for patches and nine grams for edibles, oils and tinctures.
White said many factors influence the potency of the plant, and all the compounds taken together determine its effects on a user.
Janet Breneman, founder of the Ohio Cannabis Nurses Association, also questioned the decision to place limits on the plant material based on THC content.
“People don’t really purchase it as much for the THC content as they do (for) what the strain is and what the other compounds of the plant are,” Breneman said.
Breneman said she became interested in learning about “alternative” medicines such as marijuana after her husband died of cancer and that she started the association to educate people.
Mary Jane Borden, co-founder