Ohio State’s lobbying influence felt in research-friendly medical marijuana bill

Though House Bill 523, Ohio’s medical marijuana bill, would take months or years to take full effect, and it hasn’t been signed into law by Gov. John Kasich yet, some at Ohio State are already gearing up for the research opportunities that could come from the legislation.

That’s because the government affairs team at OSU’s Wexner Medical Center worked to ensure those opportunities could arise.

Government affairs worked with state Sen. Frank Larose on parts of the bill related to who will fill the to-be-created medical marijuana advisory committee, said Jennifer Carlson, assistant vice president for government affairs for the Wexner Medical Center, in an email.

This included “(amending) the legislation to address the needs of research by adding academic researcher to the advisory committee,” Carlson said.

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