Ohio Bill Would Limit Medical Marijuana Reciprocity

Ohio Bill Would Limit Medical Marijuana Reciprocity

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In Ohio, a bill limiting reciprocity between other medical marijuana states has been submitted to the legislature. Under existing law, Ohio has the ability to enter into reciprocity agreements with other medical marijuana states that have similar patient requirements, allowing Ohio patients to use their medical marijuana cards in other states and vice versa.

But House Bill 597 would prevent Ohio from entering into agreements with states that allow patients to smoke or cultivate their own medical marijuana, such as the neighboring state of Michigan.

Supporters of the bill claim that it will close a loophole in the law that allows for Ohio residents to leave the state and return with smoke-able medical marijuana; however, speaking with Cleveland.com, state Sen. Dave Burke rejected that argument, stating that the practice is already illegal.

“I can use my Ohio driver’s license to drive 90 miles per hour on a highway in Alaska if that’s legal there, but my Alaska license in the inverse doesn’t mean I can come to Ohio and drive 90 miles per hour,” Burke said.

If passed, the bill would limit reciprocity to Pennsylvania, Minnesota and New York, none of whom offer reciprocity to out-of-state medical marijuana patients.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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