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Ohio Proposal Would Limit Patient Supply by THC Amount, a First Among Legal States

February 27, 2017
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio regulators have proposed restrictions on how much medical marijuana a patient could buy that would be among the strictest in the nation.

Under Ohio’s medical marijuana law, patients with 20 medical conditions can buy and use cannabis if recommended by a doctor. The state’s program is slated to become operational in September 2018.

The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy this past week released draft rules detailing the allowable amounts, reported.

Regulators are proposing limiting supplies by a product’s amount of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. Ohio would be the first of the 28 medical marijuana states to calculate limits this way.

“I think this is the right approach because we’re in the middle of the pack of states that have adopted this,” Steven Schierholt, executive director of the State Board of Pharmacy, told the Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee. “We’ve benefited from what other states have done and have the benefit of their successes and failures.”

Patients could buy and possess up to six ounces of plant material or marijuana products containing the equivalent amount of THC in a 90-day period. Patients could mix and match products, but the amount could not exceed a total 90-day supply. (See chart below.)


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Chris Lindsey, senior legislative counsel for pro-marijuana group Marijuana Policy Project, said dosage and supply are tricky limits for the state to set because doctors can’t prescribe how much a patient can consume.

The proposed rules would impose a $100 fee on each strain or dosage of a product, which would likely be paid by the product manufacturer.

Public comment on the proposal is being accepted through March 10. The rules will go through two more stages of review and comment before being finalized.

Proposed limits

Regulators are proposing the following limits, per

  • 6 ounces of plant material with THC levels below 23 percent
  • 4 ounces of plant material with THC levels above 23 percent — the maximum level allowed is 35 percent
  • 40.5 grams of THC in vaping oils (220 mg per day)
  • 19.8 grams of THC in transdermal patches (450mg per day)
  • 9 grams of THC in edibles, oils and tinctures taken orally (100 mg per day)

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  • Tammy2u

    that would be pretty much like turning a rx pain medication or even a tylenol down imagine if you could even take 1/4 or half of the recommended dose to ease your worst pain..

  • Endrest

    Just another example of ‘lawmakers’ trying to control something they have no clue about.

    FYI, Ohio legislators… look to Colorado’s laws for an example of how to write proper laws regarding marijuana –medical or recreational.

  • Ty Thacker

    The state sponsored bill in Ohio was designed to PREVENT marijuana reform and the will of ohio citizens. It is garbage, the worst in the nation, and Ohioans know it. Hopefully someone like responsible ohio will come back again to force a true legalization bill down Kasich’s throat.

  • NoDecaf

    The deal just keeps getting worse.

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  • Alan Gammon

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