• Suzanna Thallman

New Patient Advocate Appointed to Replace the Removal of Bob Bridges

Updated: Nov 20, 2019

Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee Meeting

Last week, we covered the abrupt removal of Bob Bridges, the patient advocate on the Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee.

Former Patient Advocate on the OMMAC, Bob Bridges

According to State News, a new patient advocate has been appointed by Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder to replace the void position Bridges' removal left. Bridge's replacement will be Chris Stock, a Cincinnati-based attorney with ties to Riviera Creek Holdings, a tier-2 Ohio cultivator, and also the failed 2015 recreational marijuana measure.

Stocks was also a member of the House's 2016 Medical Marijuana Task Force, responsible for reviewing research and testimony and, subsequently, recommended legalizing cannabis for medicinal use.

Newly-appointed patient advocate on the OMMAC, Chris Stocks

Householder spokeswoman Gail Crowley told the Cincinnati Enquirer, "The combination of his past service as well as his legal, policy, and regulatory knowledge and experience will make him a strong board member and advocate for patients." According to Crowley, Stock was a vocally strong advocate for patient access while serving his role on the House Task Force.

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