Ohio House Bill 214

Sponsor: 
Kenny Yuko, State Representative; et al.
Current status: 
Assigned to Committee on Health and Aging -- stalled?
Simplified platform: 
[The following analysis is by the Ohio Legislative Service Commission. Bill Analysis: Laura Gengo. Refers to bill as introduced; please notify us of any changes.]
Authorizes a patient who either holds a valid registry identification card issued by the Ohio Department of Health or has equivalent documentation to use, acquire, possess, or cultivate cannabis (marihuana) to treat or alleviate certain debilitating medical conditions or related symptoms.
Allows a registered qualifying patient to designate a primary caregiver to assist with the patient's medical use of cannabis and requires the caregiver to hold a valid registry identification card issued by the Department.
Permits a registered qualifying patient, visiting qualifying patient, or registered primary caregiver (for each of up to five patients) to possess up to 200 grams of usable cannabis and 12 mature cannabis plants.
Permits specified documents to be considered valid registry identification cards for the bill's purposes if the Department fails to issue registry identification cards.
Extends certain protections to registered qualifying patients, visiting qualifying patients, registered primary caregivers, and other persons relating to employment, schooling, housing, parental rights and responsibilities, criminal and civil liabilities, and disclosure of information relating to the medical use of cannabis.
Permits any person to submit a petition to the Director of Health requesting that a medical condition or its treatment be added as a debilitating medical condition for the purpose of the law governing the medical use of cannabis.
Requires the Department to operate an Internet-based system for use by law enforcement officers to verify whether (1) a person is a registered qualifying patient Legislative Service Commission -2- R-129-1536 or registered primary caregiver, and (2) the address of a location at which cannabis is being cultivated is a patient's or caregiver's registered cultivation site, and requires law enforcement officers to verify this information before initiating an arrest, raid, or other law enforcement action concerning cannabis.
Provides that the law governing the medical use of cannabis is not to be construed as requiring a government medical assistance program or private health insurer to reimburse a person for costs associated with the medical use of cannabis or as requiring an employer to accommodate the use of cannabis in any workplace or any employee working while impaired.
Requires the Department to submit an annual report to the General Assembly regarding data on the medical use of cannabis in Ohio.
Creates the Medical Cannabis Advisory Council.
Formatted full text of initiative: 
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