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Ohio Medical Marijuana Timeline

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handcuffsWe finally have a timeline for implementation of the Ohio Medical Marijuana plan.  It was just released and here is what we know so far.

Timeline

  • May 26, 2016
    • House Bill 523 Passage
  • September 6, 2016:
    • Effective Date of Bill
    • Affirmative Defense Begins
  • October 6, 2016
    • Appointment of Advisory Committee
  • November 6, 2016
    • Advisory Committee First Meeting
  • May 4, 2017
    • Dept. of Commerce Establishes Rules and Standards for Cultivation
  • September 6, 2017:
    • Dept. of Commerce Establishes Rules and Standards for Processing and Labs
    • Board of Pharmacy Establishes Rules and Standards for Dispensaries and Registration ID Cards
  • September 6, 2018
    • Ohio Medical Marijuana Program Fully Implemented
Take note of the date that you will be allowed to assert an affirmative defense based on the provisions of the act – September 6, 2016.  Full implementation will not take place until September 6, 2018.  We have yet to hear how local courts will treat people who are found to be driving under the influence of marijuana, but you can expect a crackdown.  Why? Because Ohio law enforcement will pick favorable courts to implement laws restricting the ability to drive after consumption. Currently, Ohio law says that driving with a metabolite of marijuana is driving under the influence of drugs (DUID).  If this does not change, a person could conceivably consume legal marijuana and have possibly illegal metabolite in their body for weeks.  
If you have a question about the marijuana laws or the implementation of the current law, please do not hesitate to contact Charles M. Rowland II, DaytonDUI at (937) 318-1384.

Ohio House Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

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For years, I have dedicated myself to ending the mistaken “War on Drugs” and treating addiction like a medical condition and not a crime. Today was a day I thought I would never see. The Ohio House of Representative passed a medical marijuana bill with support from both parties. This will give Ohio families much needed access to a medicine that has proven effective in other states.

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How “Weed Day” (420) Got Its Name

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I am fascinated by the origin of the term “420” and how it became associated with marijuana.  There are as many stories about its origin as there are people you ask.  Just a short search on Google leads to the following origin stories.

  • It’s the number of active chemicals in marijuana.
  • It’s teatime in Holland.
  • It has something to do with Hitler’s birthday.
  • It’s those numbers in that Bob Dylan song multiplied.
  • It was like a police code for smoking in progress or something.
  • In 2003, when the California Legislature codified the medical marijuana law that voters had approved, the bill was named SB 420.

It turns out that I’m not the only one who wanted an answer. Some heavy hitting investigators were unleashed over at Huffington Post.  Their story focuses on a group of five San Rafael High School friends known as the Waldos — by virtue of their chosen hangout spot, a wall outside the school — coined the term in 1971. “The Waldos’ story goes like this: One day in the fall of 1971 — harvest time — the Waldos got word of a Coast Guard service member who could no longer tend his plot of marijuana plants near the Point Reyes Peninsula Coast Guard station. A treasure map in hand, the Waldos decided to pluck some of the free bud. The Waldos, who were all athletes, agreed to meet at the statue of Louis Pasteur outside the school at 4:20 p.m., after practice, to begin the hunt.” (link).

Whatever story you choose to believe, there is no doubt that “420” has become a day celebrating the struggle for legalization of marijuana and continued research into medical uses of marijuana.  We stand ready to help you in Ohio if you are accused of driving while high, driving under the influence of drugs, driving under the influence (DUI), or operating a vehicle under the influence of marijuana (OVI).

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State by State Drugged Driving Laws

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Ohio has adopted one of the toughest and least popular marijuana impairment laws in the country. This post will provide an overview of how other states have dealt with the issue.

Every state has laws dealing with alcohol-impaired driving and drug-impaired driving. But unlike the laws for alcohol-impaired driving, those that address drug-impaired driving are nuanced, difficult to enforce and prosecute and vary substantially by state. In addition to general impairment laws, there are two basic laws that states tend to use when addressing drug-impaired driving: More info

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Thanks Miami Valley NORML

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On May 16th, I was honored to speak to Miami Valley NORML about how to properly handle a police interaction.  I was also able to pledge the continued support of myself and my office in helping to end the scourge of drug war arrests and make marijuana legal in Ohio. I have devoted most of my professional life to ending the failed War on Drugs.  The speech focused on many ways to know and exercise your rights.

This may be the year that Ohio joins other states in re-legalizing marijuana. Miami Valley NORML is an indispensable partner in making this happen. If you would like to help, contact MVNORML at 937-TOP-HEMP ( 937-867-4367).

If you are arrested on suspicion of drugged driving, contact Miami Valley NORML attorney Charles M. Rowland II today!