Panel Appointed to Oversee Ohio's Cannabis Industry

October 10, 2016

COLUMBUS — A new panel is taking shape that will help guide Ohio agencies as they build a system of growing, testing, and dispensing marijuana for medical use.

The 14-member Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee — heavy on representation from central Ohio, including its chairman — will exist for five years to help the Ohio Pharmacy Board, State Medical Board, and Department of Commerce as those members create rules for a new medical cannabis industry.

The panel will be chaired by Curtis L. Passafume, Jr., of Hilliard near Columbus, vice president for pharmacy services at Ohio Health and a member of the state pharmacy board.

Gov. John Kasich and Senate and House leaders gradually named their appointees in advance of Friday’s deadline. House Bill 523, which took effect Sept. 8, laid out the general makeup of the committee.

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