Alan Johnson The Columbus Dispatch @ohioaj
Ohioans with qualifying medical conditions could buy 4 to 6 ounces of marijuana plant material, and varying amounts of marijuana-infused oils, patches and edibles based on THC content, under proposed state medical marijuana rules.
Purchasing rules for a 90-day supply of medical marijuana were rolled out Thursday by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy.
At the same time, Ohio officials are pondering if the state program, which isn’t operational until next year, will be impacted by the Trump White House warning that there will be greater federal enforcement of recreational marijuana programs. No details have been released.
Ohio’s medical marijuana law does not include recreational usage, nor does it allow marijuana to be smoked.
But advocates are concerned that a federal crackdown may impact the marijuana industry across the board.
“The vast majority of Americans agree that the federal government has no business interfering in state marijuana laws,” Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, said in a statement.
Tvert, whose organization remains active in Ohio after proposing then dropping a statewide medical pot issue, said it important that the federal government maintain an Obama administration rule that federal funds funds not be used to “interfere in the implementation of state medical marijuana laws.”
Ohio’s medical marijuana law allows patients who have any of 20 specific medical conditions can buy and use marijuana if they get a recommendation from a doctor.
Ohio’s proposed rules do something no other state does, which is establish a 90-day supply based on the amount of THC, the active chemical ingredient that produces a high, in the various forms of medical marijuana.
The rules would allow purchase of 6 ounces of plant material with THC levels of less than 23 percent or 4 ounces of plant