Medical Marijuana in Ohio

Ohio’s Permitted Medical Use of Marijuana(HB 523)

  • Began September 8, 2016 (25th state to legalize)

  • Must be fully operational by September, 2018

  • General guidelines by legislature

  • Rules created by:

      o State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy

      o Ohio Department of Commerce

      o State of Ohio Medical Board

Recommendation made by physician (not prescribed)

  • Physician must participate in training prior to recommending

  • Physician cannot recommend for themselves

  • No age restriction (children must have parent approval)

  • Physicians will track through OARRS (prescription reporting system)

      o For following conditions

           AIDS

           ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)

           Alzheimer’s disease

           Cancer

           Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (Concussion syndrome)

           Crohn’s Disease

           Epilepsy or other seizure disorder

           Fibromyalgia

           Glaucoma

           Hepatitis C

           Inflammatory Bowel Disease

           Multiple Sclerosis

           Chronic or Severe Pain

           Parkinson’s Disease

           Positive HIV Status

           Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

           Sickle Cell Anemia

           Spinal Cord Disease

           Tourette’s Syndrome

           Traumatic Brain Injury

           Ulcerative Colitis

Permitted Medical Use of Marijuana Dispensaries

  • Distributed through dispensaries (not pharmacies)

  • Cannot be located within 500 feet of school, church or public library, etc.

  • Individuals will not be permitted to grow at home

Forms of Marijuana

  • THC: 35% plant matter or 70% concentrates (significantly higher THC than in the past)

  • Smoking is not permitted

  • Vaping is allowed (e-cigs can be used to vape marijuana)

  • Edibles such as marijuana-infused medical gummy bears are allowed

  • "Keef" which is a ground marijuana product that is sprinkled on food

  • Tincture, which is a THC infused liquid that you can take or put into a beverage or coffee to get high


  • Employers will still be able to enforce their drug free workplace policies.

  • They will still be able to fire a person for marijuana use

  • Employee will not be eligible for unemployment benefits

Marijuana in the Community

  • Increased ability for youth to obtain marijuana easily in their community

  • Increase in adult marijuana use as well as youth marijuana use

      o States with medical marijuana laws have shown a 3.43% increase in youth use

      o Colorado has shown an 8.48% increase in adult use from 2006 – 2011

  • Will employers be able to find workers who can pass drug screen tests?

      o Marijuana is the number one drug detected in workplace illicit-drug testing.

         Among the 7.1 million drug tests for the combined U.S. Workforce conducted by Quest Diagnostics:

           55% of positive drug tests were for marijuana

           14.6% for cocaine

           9.3% for amphetamines

  • Traffic safety

      o Colorado: Legalized medical and recreational marijuana

           2006-2011 – Traffic fatalities involving drivers testing positive for marijuana increased 114%

           2006 – positive for marijuana -28% of fatal vehicle crashes involving drugs

           2011 – positive for marijuana – 56% of fatal vehicle crashes involving drugs

  • Accidental ingestion of edibles by very young children or pets

Celebrating 10 years!

HC3 is showing excellent long term results after 10 years in Fulton County!

Click here to see our 2017 annual report.

Publicity Committee

The HC3 Publicity Committee works with the Task Forces to develop a communication plan to ensure our messaging is targeted to the correct audience and helps to increase the impact of the coalition. They are the driving force behind our website as well as our social media outlets.

2018 Coalition Awards Presented


“Being chosen as one of the YAC Members of the Year is an honor!  I love working with my peers through this organization to find and solve the problems that are so prevalent in our community.  YAC prepares me to be a change maker not only in high school, but for years to come.”

 Sarah Schwan, YAC Member of the Year

On Tuesday, June 12th, Healthy Choices Caring Communities (HC3) awarded Sauder Village (Steve Van Sickle) and Scott Haselman, 2017-18 Coalition Champion of the Year.   This is an annual award for community partners who go “above and beyond” to support HC3’s countywide efforts in reducing underage substance use.


Scott Haselman, Fulton County Prosecutor, has been an instrumental force in the development of both the Opiate Task Force as well as the #Talk2Me Social Norms Campaign.  Scott regularly attends the HC3 coalition meetings as a guest, providing valuable insight into substance use issues in Fulton County from the judicial perspective.  He routinely supports HC3 Partnership, providing funding for the #Talk2Me Campaign school spirit shirts for all Fulton County middle school students, allowing HC3 to share information about resources as well as promoting the #Talk2Me Campaign. 


During the development of the #Talk2Me Campaign, HC3 needed a grand prize for our Talk2Me Challenge video contest and approached Sauder Village to ask for a discounted vacation package.  In response to that request, Sauder Village generously donated the entire “Sauder Village Family Get-Away” package.  The partnership with Steve Van Sickle and Sauder Village helped to drive the success of this challenge, reaching a significant number of Fulton County community members.


The 2017-18 Coalition Member of the Year awards were also presented during the Healthy Choices Caring Communities meeting to Tante Lovins and Toni Schindler.  This award is given annually to members of the HC3 coalition who have demonstrated exemplary service for the coalition and the community.


Toni Schindler serves as the Chair of our Publicity Committee and works tirelessly to offer ideas and support for these publicity efforts.  She is a creative, “out of the box” thinker who uses data to determine how to make the biggest impact.  She has been a key partner for the #Talk2Me Campaign and utilizes her connections within the community to share the work of HC3.  Toni tirelessly gives her time, energy and expertise to help the coalition gain a better understanding of the youth substances issues in Fulton County and collaborates with the community to prevent and reduce these issues. 


Tante Lovins and the United Way of Fulton County have been supporters of HC3 from the beginning.  Their financial support and willingness to encourage community support of this organization has allowed HC3 to build the firm foundation the coalition enjoys today.  Tante is faithful in her meeting attendance, serves on both Alcohol Task Force as well as our Publicity Committee, and is always willing to say yes to requests for her time, expertise, and energy. 


The final awards presented by HC3 were the 2017-18 YAC Member of the Year awards.  Youth Advisory Council (YAC) members were asked to submit recommendations for member of the year based on whom they thought offered the best overall contribution to the group’s success.  This year’s awards recognize two exemplary students, Falcon Hassenzahl and Sarah Schwan. 


Falcon Hassenzahl is a first-year YAC member who has shown great commitment and dedication to the program.  He is passionate about working to better the community and motivates others to take action as well.  Falcon inspires his fellow members with his energy, enthusiasm and great ideas.  When asked to describe why he should be chosen for member of the year, Falcon said, “Never have I felt so empowered to take action as I have while being a member of YAC.” 


Sarah Schwan, a two-year YAC member, served on the leadership board this past year.  Sarah consistently plans social events for YAC members and takes a tremendous leadership role within the group.  Fellow YAC members cite Sarah as an extremely organized and hardworking member who shows a constant positive attitude.  She is very active within the group and went the extra mile to help coordinate the planning and execution of our spring project. 


HC3 is making a difference and YOU can help!   

Visit our Get Involved page and see how.

Shown Below from left to right:  Scott Haselman, Toni Schindler, Sharon Morr, Tante Lovins, Karen Pennington, 

Falcon Hassenzahl, Steve Van Sickle, (not shown: Sarah Schwan)

Tip Line

Healthy Choices Caring Communities is partnering with Fulton County Law enforcement, the Four County Suicide Prevention Coalition, and Fulton County Safe Communities to provide a county wide tip line aimed at the prevention of underage substance use.

This tip line is completely anonymous and provides three fast and easy options to submit your tip.  

Option 1

Text the word SPEAKOUT to 274637 (CRIMES) along with your tip information.

Click here for detailed directions on how to submit your tip using a text message.

Option 2

Download the TipSubmit app and submit the tip following the directions within the app.

Click here to download the app for iOS (apple).

Click here to download the app for Android.

Click here for detailed directions on how to submit your tip using the TipSubmit app.

Option 3

Fill out a web-based form submitted directly on the Fulton County Sheriff's website. Click here to access the form now.

Click here for detailed directions on how to submit your tip using the web-based form.