Ohio House Bill 60 would add autism as a qualifying condition for the medical cannabis program. The bill currently sits in the House Health Committee and has had three hearings thus far. The next hearing has been scheduled tentatively for May 24th. There is still time to submit your testimony and/or write to legislators.
Here is a sample testimony that Tiffany Carwile of the Autism Alliance of Ohio has written for the community to submit:
I am writing to you to voice my support for a YES vote to add Autism Spectrum Disorder as a qualifying condition to become an Ohio MMCP patient.
I believe there is strong and substantial scientific evidence that supports the use of medical cannabis as a safe viable treatment for autism spectrum disorder. There are several Ohio physicians and specialists who agree and have provided expert testimony on the matter.
Moreover, a bevy of states, including Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Texas and the territory of Puerto Rico have all permitted autism as a qualifying condition for their medical cannabis programs, pediatric patients included.
Other states such as California, Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon, Maryland, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Washington DC all also recognize autism as a debilitating condition and allow doctors to recommend medical cannabis.
A vote against adding this condition would restrict patients in severe need from even discussing this as an option with their doctor. Please vote with a majority of the experts, and support the addition of autism as a qualifying condition."
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Click here for proponent testimonies already submitted to the House Health Committee. If you are someone looking to write your testimony but would like more ideas of what to say, these previous testimonies may be helpful to you.
Link to the Witness Form you will fill out, or we will fill it out for you to send with your testimony.
Testimonies should be emailed to Rep12@ohiohouse.gov by May 23rd.
If you would like help with writing or submitting testimony for House Bill 60, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org