Medical marijuana banking bill passes House, WV

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CHARLESTON — The House of Delegates passed a bill Friday that aims to patch up a financial hole in the state’s medical marijuana program, which is set to launch this summer.

The legislation (HB 2538) fills a void left when vendors informed the state treasurer’s office last year of their unwillingness to process fees, penalties and taxes associated with the program. The bill passed Friday would allow the state to bid out banking contracts to institutions like credit unions to allow them to process the funds.

“Currently, none of our financial institutions are allowed or are willing to move forward with collecting deposits as it relates to serving the medical cannabis and the bill requirements before it,” said House Banking and Insurance Chairman Eric Nelson, R-Kanawha.

The bill passed 89-7 without discussion and only Republicans in opposition. It now goes to the Senate.

A sponsor of the bill and supporter of the state’s medical cannabis program since its inception, Delegate Mike Pushkin, D-Kanawha, said in committee that the legislation is a limited-government approach to regulating the substance.

Currently, marijuana is illegal under federal law, although the federal government provides for a number of “safe harbors” for the drug, according to an advisory opinion from the state attorney general, and has not prosecuted businesses in the more than 30 states with similar programs.

“This is a small-government, free-market approach to it,” Pushkin said. “It’s simply allowing more folks to bid on it and see who would step up, and whose board of directors (would) accept a risk that hasn’t really been a risk in any other state, because there hasn’t been a single prosecution.”

The bill also offers legal protections for state employees who work to process program funds. This was added in committee as a shield against the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, Mike Stuart, a vocal critic of the program.

Delegate Matt Rohrbach, R-Cabell, a physician, voted against the bill. He declined to comment after the floor session. Delegates Tom Fast, R-Fayette, and Ray Hollen, R-Wirt, both spoke out against the bill when it was in Judiciary Committee, but stayed mum on the House floor.

In committee, Fast criticized the bill, saying it’s just a workaround of federal law.

“It seems to be very clear that this is simply a mechanism to get around federal law and it doesn’t appear that it is successful,” he said.

Both Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, and Gov. Jim Justice have expressed support for the banking fix.

The banking fix is one of several pieces of marijuana legislation introduced in the Capitol this year, although it’s the only one that has shown signs of progress.

Pushkin introduced another bill to remove language in code that prevents vertical integration in the industry – meaning businesses could act as any combination of growers, processors and dispensaries, making the industry more lucrative. No committee has taken up the bill yet.

Likewise, several House Democrats introduced a bill to legalize marijuana for recreational use in the state. That bill has received reference to three separate committees in the House alone, which is a few steps shy of a death sentence for a bill.

Ohio medical marijuana doctors

39 more doctors can recommend Ohio Medical Marijuana:

Source:  Cleveland.com

The State Medical Board of Ohio added 39 doctors to the list of physicians who are certified to recommend medical marijuana, for a total of 413.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The State Medical Board of Ohio on Wednesday gave an additional 39 doctors certificates to recommend medical marijuana.

Medical and osteopathic doctors with unrestricted licenses must apply to the board for the certificate to recommend medical marijuana. The board reviews the applications at its monthly meeting. Applying physicians complete a two-hour continuing medical education course as part of the application process.

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Christian Jacobus Findlay 45840
Joseph Lamancusa Findlay 45840
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Heidi Beining Uniontown 44685 34.008450CTR 2.43
Arsal  Ahmad North Canton 44720 35.088211CTR 2.59
Steven Davis North Canton 44720 35.076836CTR 2.59
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Doctors can recommend medical marijuana to patients with any of 21 qualifying medical conditions.

State law requires physicians access the last 12 months of a patient’s prescriptions, and describe to the patient the risks and benefits of cannabis with their medical history and condition for which it is being recommended.

With the 39 new physicians, 413 doctors can recommend medical marijuana.

DEA’s Cannabis Death by Overdose Rate in Findlay, OH – TRUTH EXPOSED

Cannabis connoisseurs have been saying for years that marijuana is a safer recreational substance than alcohol. Now they can use the DEA to back up their argument.

No deaths from overdose of marijuana have been reported,” the DEA wrote in the 2017 resource guide titled Drugs of Abuse. The guide offers the lay of the land in terms of illicit drug consumption across America today. The fact that there are no reported deaths due to cannabis overdose means that marijuana is demonstrably safer than liquor, which causes approximately 6 deaths every day due to alcohol poisoning.

The guide also noted that the effects of cannabis included “merriment,” “happiness,” “enhanced sensory perception,” “increased appreciation of music, art and touch,” and “heightened imagination.”

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Possession of 100 grams of Marijuana or Less in Ohio Carries No Jail Time

Possession of 100 grams of Marijuana or Less in Ohio Carries No Jail Time

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Marijuana Possession without a medical licence is decriminalized in the state of Ohio. Which means one can posses 100 Grams or 3.5 Onces of weed with a maximum fine of $150. No jail time or convictions come with this penalty. This is one step closer to recreational legalization in Ohio.

In Ohio, it is a crime to intentionally or knowingly possess marijuana (except for persons authorized to possess medical marijuana). Like many other states, the penalties for possessing marijuana (sale, cultivation or possession of paraphernalia are not discussed in this article) depend on the amount of the drug possessed. Generally, possession penalties are as follows:

  • Up to 100 grams: The Ohio legislature has decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Violations in this range are minor misdemeanors, meaning that there is no jail time involved and convictions are not included on a person’s a criminal record. However, violators may be fined up to $150.
  • 100 to 200 grams: Possession of marijuana in this weight range carries a misdemeanor charge with fines up to $250 and up to 30 days of incarceration.
  • 200 to 1,000 grams: Possession of this amount and above is a felony charge. Violators face fines of up to $2,500 and 1 year in jail.
  • 1,000 to 20,000 grams: Penalties include fines of between $5,000 and $10,000 and up to five years in prison.
  • 20,000 to 40,000 grams: Penalties include a minimum of five years in prison (maximum of eight years) and between $7,500 and $15,000 in fines.
  • 40,000 grams or more: Violators may be fined between $10,000 and $20,000 and incarceration for a minimum of eight years.

In addition to the above penalties, persons convicted of possessing more than 100 grams of marijuana face suspension of their drivers’ licenses for up to five years (minimum of six months). 

Medical marijuana

Like a growing number of states, Ohio has legalized the possession of medical marijuana. Accordingly, persons possessing marijuana in compliance with the requirements of Ohio’s medical marijuana laws, or the laws of another state (e.g. possessing an out-of-state medical marijuana card), may possess up to a 90-day supply of marijuana (the actual amount has not been defined) without fear of a possession conviction.

However, Ohio’s medical marijuana laws offer no defense against charges for operating a vehicle while under the influence (OVI) of marijuana. This means that medical marijuana users can still be charged and convicted of OVI if caught driving while under the influence of their prescribed marijuana.

If you are charged with marijuana possession, it is important to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney. An attorney can help reduce the severity of the charges you face and help you obtain the best available outcome.