Fw: FW: Roberts press conference to unveil Ohio Medical Compassion Act

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> Subject: FW: Roberts press conference to unveil Ohio Medical Compassion
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> Erica Castle
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> From: Paul DeMiglio Sent: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 11:12 AMSubject: Roberts
> press conference to unveil Ohio Medical Compassion Act
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> PRESS RELEASE
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> From State Senator Tom Roberts
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> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Paul DeMiglio
> May 20, 2008
> (614) 644-5533
>
> Senator Roberts supports patient choice in Ohio Medical Compassion Act
>
> COLUMBUS – On Wednesday, May 21, at 11 a.m. in the Senate Minority
> Conference Room of the Ohio Statehouse, Senator Tom Roberts (D-Dayton)
> will unveil details regarding the Ohio Medical Compassion Act (OMCA),
> which would allow patients to use medicinal cannabis through a regulated
> system of quality health care.
>
> "The OMCA would give patients the opportunity to choose the type of
> medicine that most effectively treats them," Senator Roberts said. "Our
> laws should reflect the latest in medical research, which has shown that
> medicinal cannabis has a variety of benefits for treating pain, nausea and
> other symptoms related to a wide range of disease."
>
> The Senator’s press conference will feature speakers who will provide
> expert testimony on the various benefits of medicinal cannabis from a
> health, legal and financial standpoint, while patients who benefit from
> medicinal cannabis also will be present.
>
> This legislation would allow qualified patients and primary caregivers to
> use medicinal cannabis through a cardholder system. Under the OMCA, the
> Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Agriculture would be
> authorized to establish an advisory board that would do the following:
>
> · Consider granting medicinal use of cannabis in cases of
> debilitated medical conditions;
> · Consider applications for and renewals of registry identification
> cards for qualified patients and primary caregivers; and
> · Provide recommendations for the safe use and efficient growing of
> medicinal cannabis.
>
> The program created through the OMCA will generate sufficient revenues to
> offset all expenses. The OMCA would also allow qualified patients and
> primary caregivers with valid registry identification cards to use
> medicinal cannabis without fear of arrest, prosecution, penalty or denial
> of rights and privileges for such use. Law enforcement would be required
> to verify registration of patients before arrests, raids or other actions
> are taken.
>
> Additionally, the OMCA would prohibit persons from engaging in the
> following:
>
>
> Performing tasks under the influence of cannabis that would constitute
> negligence or professional malpractice;
> Possessing or using cannabis in school buses, on preschool grounds,
> primary or secondary schools and in correctional facilities;
> Smoking cannabis on public transportation systems or in correctional
> facilities, as well as operate or navigate motor vehicles.
>
> "In an era of scientific breakthroughs and medical advances, patients
> should not be put in the position of choosing between living a normal life
> and living a healthy life," Roberts said. "The current lack of medical
> alternatives highlights the urgent need for Ohio to join a growing list of
> other states and pass the OMCA, which is long-overdue."
>
> Twelve states including Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine,
> Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont, Rhode Island and Washington
> have decriminalized penalties for the medicinal use of cannabis.
>
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