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State regulators have suspended the registration of a medical marijuana patient from Ohio after the patient admitted giving "marijuana-related products" to an unregistered adult, two children and the family pet.

The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy, which operates the patient registry, found "clear and convincing evidence" that the patient violated state regulations that prohibited patients from sharing their medical marijuana products with others, according to a letter sent to the patient on Thursday. Board officers investigated the matter with the Sidney Police Department.

The Enquirer obtained a copy of the letter, which does not identify the patient, through a request for public records. The letter does not detail which marijuana products were given to family members and the pet, nor whether they were outbreaks of marijuana or non-intoxicating CBD oil, which the pharmacy board considers to be within the scope of the state program.

The patient has 30 days to appeal the decision of the board. The letter indicates that the patient may also face felony charges for providing marijuana to minors and endangering children.

The appointment is the first of Ohio's nascent highly regulated medical marijuana program. Ohio has issued 12,873 patient records since December 3. Four dispensaries were opened on January 16, but the only product available is a dry flower or bud for vaping.

The matter was referred to the board by the child protection services, board attorney Erin Reed said Thursday.

The patient purchased medical marijuana twice in the Ohio dispensaries since January 16, according to the letter. In an interview with the authorities, the patient said they gave marijuana to a woman identified as the patient's wife, the patient's 7-year-old son, the patient's 15-year-old stepson, and a family pet.

The rules and regulations of Ohio establish the responsibilities of patients, such as storing medical marijuana in original containers and not operating a vehicle under the influence of medical marijuana.

"One of those responsibilities is to secure the medical marijuana that has been dispensed so that it is not accessible to those who have not dispensed it," Reed said.

The patient also admitted to smoking marijuana and buying marijuana products in Michigan for consumption in Ohio. Ohio's medical marijuana law allows cannabis to vaporize but not to smoke it. And while Michigan allows patients in Ohio and other states to buy and consume marijuana there, federal law prohibits carrying marijuana across state lines.

The letter was also sent to the doctor who recommended medical marijuana to the patient, as well as the Michigan Marijuana Program.

"The board finds clear and convincing evidence that the continued distribution of medical marijuana to you represents a danger of immediate and serious harm to others," board executive director Steven Schierholt wrote in the letter.

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