OCRA: Will special interests control the OCRA?

A:

Short Answer: By the language of the amendment, the OCRA’s proposed Ohio Commission on Cannabis Control is charged with acting in the public interest, not special interests.

Long Answer: These features of the board of the proposed Ohio Commission on Cannabis Control were written into the amendment and give it the best chance of crafting rules and regulations that will be fair to all parties, and not over burdensome to some.

  • Includes on the nine-member Commission board: two patients, two farmers (growers), a physician, a licensed mental healthcare professional, a law enforcement officer, a representative of the Ohio Department of Agriculture and a representative of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.
  • Made up of all Ohioans – registered Ohio voters.
  • Serves the public interest.
  • Upholds the rights to make medical, therapeutic and industrial use of cannabis.
  • Codifies regulations and ensures statewide compliance with them.
  • Comprised of commissioners with divergent disciplines as they relate to cannabis in Ohio.
  • Non-partisan. No more than four commission board members can be of the same political party.
  • Required to publicly disclose corporate interests (conflicts of interest).
  • Commissioners compensated like commissioners in other Ohio commissions.
  • Meetings are open to the public and a matter of public record.

Amendment Reference: Section 3 and Section 4.