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Medical Marijuana Patient Advocate Says Householder Retaliated Against Him

Sep 10, 2019

Patients line up at a Columbus dispensary
Credit Ohio Public Radio

An advocate for patients in Ohio's Medical Marijuana Program says he thinks more needs to be done to serve patients. 

And he  thinks he's being retaliated against for speaking about those concerns. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

Bob Bridges was removed from the panel by House Speaker Larry Householder.

“I was not a yes man or a yes person.”

 

Bridges says he spoke out against the State Medical Board and the Ohio Board of Pharmacy for preventing many patients with medical conditions not currently recognized by the state from getting cannabis.

 

“There’s too much bureaucracy in letting the free market of this program work.”

 

In a written statement, Householder doesn’t give a reason for firing Bridges, but says it was time to go in another direction with another appointment soon.