Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment Full Text

Be it resolved by the people of the State of Ohio: That the Constitution of the State of Ohio be amended by adopting a section to be designated as Section 12 of Article XV thereof, to read as follows:

Article XV: Section 12. The medical, therapeutic and industrial use and regulation of Cannabis.

Section 1. Rights.
In accordance with Article 1: Bill of Rights, Section 1 of the Constitution of the State of Ohio:

(A) Residents of the State of Ohio, who have attained the age of majority and who are diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition, shall be eligible residents for the purpose of making therapeutic use of the genus Cannabis, also known as medical marijuana or marihuana, currently defined in Section 3719.01 of the Revised Code, hereinafter referred to as Cannabis, to alleviate their suffering. Residents of the State of Ohio, who are under the age of majority and who are diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition, may be eligible residents with the prior written consent of a parent or guardian.

(B) Eligible residents shall have the right to make therapeutic use of Cannabis to alleviate their suffering and to possess an amount of Cannabis sufficient to meet their therapeutic needs.

(C) Eligible residents shall have the right to be free of discrimination and interference from the State of Ohio with regard to their therapeutic use of Cannabis. Persons who are not eligible residents may use medical necessity as an affirmative defense in a court of law.

(D) Eligible residents shall have the right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to their therapeutic use of Cannabis, including, but not limited to, any records kept by the State pertaining to such use.

(E) Eligible residents who make therapeutic use of Cannabis shall have the right to produce their own Cannabis, and to acquire Cannabis sufficient to alleviate their suffering from state-licensed providers without fear of arrest, prosecution or undue interference by the State.

(F) Eligible residents shall have the right to access goods and services to enable their therapeutic use of Cannabis.

(G) Within the State of Ohio, it shall be a legal right for individuals or organizations, deemed eligible by the Ohio Commission of Cannabis Control, to grow, process, distribute, transport, purchase or sell Cannabis for therapeutic use in various forms to eligible residents according to rules and regulations as established by the Ohio Commission of Cannabis Control.

(H) Residents of the State of Ohio, deemed eligible by the Ohio Department of Agriculture under Section 3(E), shall have the right to produce and sell non-psychoactive Cannabis, also known as hemp, for industrial use including, but not limited to, paper, fuel, foods, building materials and clothing. With this right, Cannabis for industrial use is hereby removed from any schedule or classification system in the State of Ohio wherein it is listed as a drug.

(I) These rights shall not be abridged, and the State of Ohio shall support, uphold and defend these rights in accordance with the health and safety of Ohioans and the Ninth and Tenth Amendments of the Constitution of the United States of America.

Section 2. Limitations.
(A) Nothing in this Amendment requires the therapeutic use of Cannabis or the industrial use of Cannabis; nor does this Amendment invalidate existing bans against smoking in public places or places of employment.

(B) Nothing in this Amendment shall prohibit the reasonable regulation and control of the commercial production and distribution of Cannabis for therapeutic use by the Ohio Commission of Cannabis Control as set forth in Section 3.

(C) Nothing in this Amendment shall prohibit the reasonable regulation and control of the commercial production and distribution of Cannabis for industrial use as delegated by the Ohio Commission of Cannabis Control to the Ohio Department of Agriculture as set forth in Section 3.

(D) Nothing in this Amendment shall prohibit the sale of Cannabis for therapeutic use or for industrial use to eligible residents; nor prevent research or educational institutions from studying the therapeutic properties of Cannabis; nor prevent research or educational institutions from studying the properties of Cannabis for industrial use; nor prohibit the reasonable application of fines or fees pursuant to the regulation and control of Cannabis within the State in accordance with Section 4; nor prohibit the reasonable taxation of Cannabis for therapeutic use or Cannabis for industrial use in a manner similar to other agricultural commodities.

(E) Debilitating medical conditions include, but are not limited to, the following diagnoses: glaucoma; multiple congenital cartilaginous exostosis; multiple sclerosis; nail-patella syndrome; positive status for human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS); Alzheimer’s disease; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; cancer; celiac disease; Crohn’s disease; hepatitis C; mylomalacia; post traumatic stress; rheumatoid arthritis; sickle cell anemia; injury or disease to the spinal cord, spinal column or vertebra; Tourette's syndrome; a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe or chronic nausea, seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy, or severe or persistent muscle spasms; depression; and any additional medical condition or its treatment that may be designated by the Commission or set forth by the General Assembly pursuant to Section 3.

(F) Nothing in this Amendment authorizes any person to engage in, nor prohibits the imposition of civil, criminal or other penalties for undertaking any task under the influence of Cannabis, when doing so would constitute negligence or professional malpractice; or to operate, navigate or be in actual physical control of any motorized conveyance while under the influence of Cannabis.

(G) An eligible resident shall not be considered to be under the influence of Cannabis for therapeutic use solely because of the presence of active or inactive metabolites of Cannabis in the eligible resident’s urine, blood, tissue, hair or skin or as detectable by any other measure of body chemistry. The legal definition of impairment as a result of the therapeutic use of Cannabis and the applicable testing to determine such impairment shall be based on scientific evidence of impairment.

Section 3. The Commission.
(A) There is hereby created the Ohio Commission of Cannabis Control, which shall support and uphold the rights enumerated in Section 1; shall serve the public interest; shall license, regulate and control Cannabis for therapeutic use in Ohio; and shall ensure statewide compliance with this Amendment.

(B) The appointments to the Board of the Commission shall total nine members: three members to serve initial four-year terms, three members to serve initial three-year terms and three members to serve initial two-year terms. Two members are to be registered Ohio voters, who shall also be eligible residents for the therapeutic use of Cannabis once regulations to be established by the Commission are in effect; two members are to be Ohio farmers, one of whom shall be a license or permit holder after implementation of a licensing and permitting system by the Commission and one of whom shall be a license or permit holder after implementation of a licensing and permitting system by the Ohio Department of Agriculture under Section 3(E); one member is to be a licensed medical practitioner; one member is to be a licensed mental health professional; one member is to be a full-time law enforcement officer in the State of Ohio; one member is to represent the Ohio Department of Agriculture; and one member is to represent the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. Each Commissioner shall be a registered Ohio voter and shall be required to publicly disclose all corporate affiliations. No more than four (4) members shall be affiliated with the same political party. Initial appointments of the two registered Ohio voters, the two Ohio farmers, the licensed medical practitioner and the licensed mental health professional shall be selected by the Committee to Represent the Petitioners for this Amendment. Initial appointments of a full-time law enforcement officer, the member to represent the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the member to represent the Ohio Civil Rights Commission shall be selected by the governor or, if not appointed within sixty (60) days of an affirmative vote by the electors of the State, by the Committee to Represent the Petitioners. Succeeding terms of the Commission shall be three years in length, and members shall be selected by the Governor and approved by the Senate. Vacancies on the Board of the Commission shall not impair the right of the remaining Commissioners to exercise all powers of the Commission.

(C) The Board of the Commission shall be duly constituted and conduct its first official meeting within ninety (90) days of an affirmative vote by the electors of the State. Regulations and licensing and permitting systems shall be implemented by the Commission within one hundred and eighty (180) days of an affirmative vote. Meetings of the Commission shall be open to the public and a matter of public record. The Commission shall issue to the General Assembly an annual report concerning its activities during the prior year.

(D) The Commissioners shall have the authority to enact and amend regulations, recommendations or findings as they pertain to Cannabis for therapeutic use in accordance with this Amendment, and to the procedures in the Ohio Administrative Procedure Act. The Commission shall license or authorize other personnel within the State to regulate Cannabis for therapeutic use and Cannabis for industrial use.

(E) The Commission shall delegate the authority to enact and amend regulations, recommendations or findings as they pertain to Cannabis for industrial use in accordance with this Amendment to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The Department shall have regulations in effect and the licensing and permitting systems implemented according to the time table in Section 3(C).

(F) The regulations shall support, uphold and defend the Rights enumerated in Section 1 and shall include provisions for the protection from arrest and prosecution of eligible residents, providers, farmers and other entities who provide legal access to Cannabis for therapeutic use and to Cannabis for industrial use.

Section 4. Funding.
(A) Regulatory fees, licensing fees, permit fees and fines for the therapeutic use of Cannabis shall be determined by the Commission. Regulatory fees, licensing fees, permit fees and fines for the industrial use of Cannabis shall be determined by the Ohio Department of Agriculture pursuant to Section 3(E).

(B) All operating costs and expenses of the Commission, of the Department pursuant to Section 3(E), and of their staff shall be funded by the reasonable fees and fines based upon the necessary operations of the activities authorized by this Amendment. Regulatory fees, license fees, permit fees and fines shall not be cost prohibitive for eligible residents, farmers or providers.

(C) The General Assembly shall provide adequate funds to cover the costs of implementing the provisions set forth by this Amendment, based on recommendations set forth by the Commissioners in consultation with the Department.

(D) Compensation for board members of the Commission shall not exceed the average compensation received by board members of all other Ohio governmental commissions.

Section 5. Severability.
Any section of this Amendment being held invalid shall not affect the application of any other section that can be given full effect without the invalid section.


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  • commented 2014-10-27 19:20:12 -0400 · Flag
    yes there should be a online petittion i don’t know how to sign it online but i could type my info in
  • commented 2014-07-21 20:49:22 -0400
    I had 4 levels fused in my neck, 1 in my lower back and a bulging disc above that and have ptsd. I take 7 pills in the morning alone. If I could use something that has NEVER killed anyone or has ever overdosed on and is natural on top of it all that would help alleviate my pain, I would vote for it to be legal. I agree. There should be an online petition to sign.
  • commented 2014-06-26 17:05:36 -0400
    There needs to be an online petition so as to allow those who cannot go to a location in order to sign the petition, can come to this site and sign as well.
  • commented 2014-05-09 00:25:37 -0400
    I need a petition so I can go door to door there are people that cant get out or have access to a computer and will be more than willing to sighn
  • commented 2014-04-05 02:41:25 -0400
    As well as helping with signatures here…everyone should also go to the following link and send a note to the senate & legislatures to get the bills that are on hault on the table back into discussion and on the ballot! http://www.mpp.org/states/ohio/
  • commented 2014-03-10 11:38:58 -0400
    I want to go door to door to get signatures how do I do that? Txt me plz wanting to get started right away. 4197717318
  • commented 2014-03-08 16:33:30 -0500
    We will need to keep the big business away because I was in CO two years ago and walmart was wanting to start a dispensary. That is one of the reasons they made that moratorium.
  • commented 2014-03-08 16:33:02 -0500
    We will need to keep the big business away because I was in CO two years ago and walmart was wanting to start a dispensary. That is one of the reasons they mad that moratorium.
  • commented 2014-02-11 17:38:58 -0500
    also is it possible to sign somewhere on the internet or have a form mailed to my house.
  • commented 2014-02-11 17:37:17 -0500
    where can i go to sign the petition. the video only showed me how i can make one and have people sign it.but im unable to due to my health.So all i would like to know is where i can go to sign one and where i can tell my friends and family to go as well.
  • commented 2014-02-09 16:36:29 -0500
    I live in youngstown ohio and im doing everything I can from my mobile phone to get everyone aware that this is happening and they need to get involved and help anyway they can too
  • commented 2014-02-06 19:20:26 -0500
    I agree with jason. We should be able to have a legit petition mailed to all residences in ohio. The one thing standing in our way is Ohio’s uninformed citizens. The public has to be informed to help make the change. If we could do that we would get every signature needed. I am in this for the long run and are always trying to raise awareness. Would be glad to help in anyway.
  • commented 2014-01-31 21:35:23 -0500
    Thank you Debbie M. Wilson for your support! Ohio Rights Group loves you :)
  • commented 2014-01-31 21:33:50 -0500
    Thank you Jason for your support.. we need more people like you to help us get this done..
  • commented 2014-01-30 20:20:10 -0500
    John Chereson, this looks good to me. I have one question. Are there any patients on the Commission?? They don’t have in OR so I knew to ask? if not it is important to do so. Patients experience is golden in a board room, and it protects all us patients. I think you all did an awesome job on the language and wording of the entire proposal. I salute all of YOU!
  • commented 2014-01-29 21:06:51 -0500
    Jesse Wilson – you can have registered voters sign the petition and mail it in. I personally am not a marijuana user, my stance on it is that I want to see it taken away from organized crime. I have seen the positives of marijuana, and have seen the negatives of both prescription drugs that marijuana could have been substituted for, and the destruction of addictive street drugs, many which start with prescription drugs.
  • commented 2014-01-17 12:16:47 -0500
    my concern is that the fees for the small business minded person will be left out, due too fee and permits being high priced! that only the big bucks will be able to start up a business in the state. This is why I like the two year outside ban that Colo. has.
    This should be a totally run and operated by the residents of Ohio!!! Not Big Business outsiders only here to line there pockets!
  • commented 2014-01-15 08:33:04 -0500
    Is their any way I can help with this from home? Or on weekends?
  • commented 2014-01-01 10:00:41 -0500
    The Ballot language is written extremely well and you should understand fully what it is we are asking you to sign, support and vote for in 2014 THANK YOU
  • commented 2013-10-30 10:20:59 -0400
    It is impossible 2 get proper medical help in the state of Ohio anymore and this is 100% pure no adjectives added….