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.