A bill recently introduced to the Ohio legislature would set up a 13-member medical marijuana (MMJ) oversight commission and a new state agency.
The bill’s sponsors, State senators Stephen Huffman (R) and Kirk Schuring (R) argued the existing MMJ program is failing. “There are approximately 324,000 Ohioans who are registered,” Schuring recently said. But, “only about 160,000 are actually using the program.”
However, Ohio Medical Cannabis Industry Association (OMCIA) and other advocates oppose the bill, reported Mahoning Matters.
The OMCIA Argument
Matt Close, who leads the OMCIA, Daniel Kessler, Riviera Creek's CEO, Peg Hollenback founder and managing partner of BeneLeaves and Bryan Murray, executive VP of government relations at Acreage Holdings Inc. (OTCQX: ACRDF) say legislation needs to change, per Cannabis Business Times.