The Initiative

In summary, the 2016 Ohio medical marijuana initiative will:

  • Allow patients with debilitating medical conditions to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it;
  • Protect these seriously ill patients from arrest and prosecution for the simple act of using their doctor-recommended medicine;
  • Permit qualifying patients or their caregivers to cultivate their own marijuana for their medical use, with limits on the amount they could possess;
  • Permit qualifying patients to purchase medical marijuana from licensed and well-regulated entities;
  • Create registry identification cards, so that law enforcement officials can easily tell who is a registered patient;
  • Protect patients from discrimination in housing, health care (such as organ transplants), and child custody; and
  • Maintain commonsense restrictions on the medical use of marijuana, including prohibitions on public use of marijuana and driving under the influence of marijuana.