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Ohio Group Submits Medical Marijuana Bill Proposal
For a Better Ohio, a medical marijuana advocacy group, plans to send the Ohio Legislature a bill proposal that would allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, the Lantern reports. The group said that it is submitting the proposal because of its belief that "it is a patient's right to use marijuana if a physician deems it will be helpful in alleviating the patient's illness." According to the group's president, Brian Horstman, the goals of the bill are to protect marijuana growers, prescribing doctors and patients using the drug from prosecution, and to "make the schedule of marijuana more consistent with the drug according to recent research." The proposal does not specify dosage, dispensation procedure or what will happen to a patient if they obtain the drug from an illegal proprietor. If the law passed, the physician would prescribe dosage "as he or she deems fit" and the state would be in control of dispensing the drug (Reiss, Lantern, 1/9).
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