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  1. Despite the federal government classifying pot as a dangerous drug with no medical value, the state of Ohio has emerged as the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana. According to Ohioans for Medical Marijuana representative Aaron Marshal, the law will not only regulate the use of marijuana as a medicine but also its trade in the health sector. Concerned parties and governing bodies Patients and their care givers; cannabis enthusiasts and interested growers and traders will be required to familiarize with the law and the adopted system as per the 3 governing bodies. A medical marijuana control program within the Department of Commerce, the Pharmacy Board, and the Medical Board will be up and running after 2 years to see that the state has its own infrastructure in place to grow, process, test and sell various strands of medicinal pot. Cannabis medical usage In the new law, a doctor will NOT PRESCRIBE BUT RECOMMEND that a patient consider medical marijuana only where a proven doctor-patient relationship exists. Marijuana will be used in its edible, oil, vapor, patch, tincture or plant matter form. Vaping will be limited to extracts from plants by approved sources with THC content of under 70 percent. However, not much is said on the vaping equipment by the law. Smoking and home-growing of pot remains illegal within the state, even by patients. Dispensation will be from licensed dispensaries of only up to 90 days supplies.The State Medical Board may determine additional conditions. Nevertheless, patients suffer from AIDS, amyotrophic,Alzheimer's disease, cancer, epilepsy, Crohn's disease and others may apply to become registered users. Growers, manufacturers and traders Interested growers or traders need to be alert during the 2-year broad deadline period as from today. Good news to interested ventures is that financial institutions will be authorized to conduct business with licensed cultivators, processors, retail dispensaries, or labs. Licensed retail-dispensaries may be regulated or prohibited by municipalities and townships. Agricultural-use zoning limitation may also be applied to regulate retail dispensaries in unincorporated territory by counties and townships. Before 240-days from today end, the Department of Commerce shall establish application procedures, fees, disqualifying factors, and the number of licenses for cultivators, processors, and retail dispensaries, based on population, number of patients, and geographic distribution. 15-percent of all cultivation, processing, or laboratory services will be owned by business people who are residents and members of economically disadvantaged groups in every geographical area. Manufactures will be required to specify the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidol rations on the labeling. Manufacturers will also be prohibited from making the products attractive. They will do marketing of their products while avoiding to draw a lot of attention, fuss and hype about the product. They should not do marketing to drug addicts and minors. Dispensing of medical marijuana will also be made inaccessible to minors. Cultivators and processors will be required to undertake their activities not within 500-feet from schools, churches, libraries, playgrounds and parks. Want to learn more about the latest Ohio Cannabis news? Stay tuned to our blog.
  2. Ohio recently became the 25th state to legalize the regulated use and sale of medical marijuana. Because medical marijuana has yet to be legalized on the Federal level, each state to implement a medical marijuana policy has had to craft its own nuanced laws on its use and distribution. Before being permitted to prescribe this substance, doctors in Ohio must complete training and register with the state. Only then will they be able to recommend patients through a "registration process determined by the Ohio State Pharmacy Board," according to cleveland.com. Because each patient has to go through the same rigorous registration process, the state can control who receives the recommendations. This helps to prevent abuse of the system, but it also means that those who need treatment may need to wait longer. Only once these recommendations are approved by the state are patients able to use marijuana, but there are many caveats. One striking difference between Ohio's medical marijuana laws and those in most other states is the fact that smoking is still prohibited no matter the circumstances. Forcing those who wish to use the substance to use a vaporizer. Furthermore, until some sort of system for cultivation and distribution is set up there is still no way for patients to legally obtain marijuana, though they will not be penalized for possessing it. Another key difference between Ohio's medical marijuana laws and those in states such as California is the limited number of conditions for which you can receive a recommendation. Under the new law, there are only about twenty conditions that warrant medical marijuana. Though this may change in the near future, this list is rather short compared to many other states. Though Ohio's medical marijuana program is one of the more stringent in the country, it could pave the way for a more relaxed approach to medical marijuana in the future.
  3. It would be nice if the state of Ohio legalized medical marijuana for every single medical condition that causes chronic pain. Yet, only a handful of maladies qualify for treatment with this miracle plant. If there is a silver lining in the state's somewhat stringent medical marijuana law, it lies in the fact that our wounded warriors who suffer form post-traumatic stress disorder will be able to legally treat their condition with highly potent medical strains of marijuana. Ohio Medical Marijuana Basics Ohioans with qualifying medical conditions will be able to legally treat their maladies with medical marijuana beginning on September 8, 2016. The state's medical marijuana program was recently signed into law by Ohio Governor John Kasich. His signature made Ohio the 25th state to legalize medical cannabis program, making this powerful herb available to upwards of 175 million Americans. This figure represents more than one-half of the United States' entire population. Unfortunately, it will likely take two years for Ohio's medical marijuana program to be rolled out in its full capacity on a statewide scale. Plenty of Ohioans are disappointed by the fact that they will not be able to enjoy their medical marijuana with a joint, blunt, bowl or bong. They will be limited to vaporizing medical weed as state officials are adamant that allowing residents to smoke marijuana is analogous to an endorsement of smoking tobacco. It is certainly highly flawed logic yet, Ohioans should take solace in the fact that they will soon be able to treat many of their health problems with pain-relieving medical marijuana. Ohio's Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana The state has specified a relatively short list of qualifying medical conditions that are eligible to be treated with medical marijuana. Qualifying conditions are as follows: Cancer Glaucoma Alzheimer’s Disease Epilepsy or a seizure disorder of another variety Crohn's Disease Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Inflammatory Bowel Disease Multiple Sclerosis Parkinson’s Disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Tourette's Syndrome Ulcerative Colitis Fibromyalgia Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Also known as AIDS/HIV) Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy - Better known by the acronym of “CTE”, this degenerative disease has been found in numerous ex-football players, as well as those who have participated in other contact-heavy sports. Sickle Cell Anemia Chronic Pain Severe Pain Intractable Pain Spinal Cord Diseases Spinal Cord Injuries Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) Hepatitis C It is important to note that Ohio's state medical board is empowered to add any other medical condition or disease to this list of qualifying conditions/diseases across posterity. Section 4731.302 of the Revised Code allows for such an addition. Stay tuned to Ohio Cannabis for the very latest cannabis news, industry trends and more!
  4. Ohio lawmakers passed legislation to legalize medical marijuana this past May. State Governor, John Kasich, signed the bill into law one month later. The bill's enactment will spawn a heavily regulated program that will take at least an entire year to coordinate. Details About Ohio's Medical Marijuana Legislation The Ohio Department of Commerce, Ohio's Board of Pharmacy and the State Medical Board will control Ohio's medical marijuana program. Those who obtain a script from their doctor for medical marijuana will not be allowed to smoke it or grow in in their home. Rather, they will be forced to vaporize their medical marijuana. Which Ohioans Qualify for Medical Marijuana? Merely suffering from the occasional headache or slight arthritis will not be enough to qualify one for a medical marijuana script. The legislation lists specific conditions that qualify a patient for the powerful painkiller. Examples of qualifying conditions include glaucoma, fibromyalgia, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, sickle cell anemia, ulcerative colitis and epilepsy/seizure disorders. The door is open for patients to petition the Ohio Medical Board to tack on additional conditions in the future. Why Can't I Smoke or Grow Medical Marijuana? Lawmakers have stated that they never considered legalizing the smoking or growing of medical marijuana. Their logic is that medicine should not be smoked. However, qualified patients are allowed to consume medical marijuana through a vaporizer. According to The Columbus Dispatch, Ohioans will be permitted to consume medical marijuana in the form of "... edible products, vaporizing and in lotions and patches..." Doctors' Role in Ohio's Medical Marijuana Doctors who would like to write recommendations that allow patients to access medical marijuana must first register with the state. They will be required to complete a cannabis education program before they are permitted to recommend medical marijuana to patients. Each patient will require written permission from a qualifying doctor before indulging in the powerful substances. Will Using Medical Marijuana Lead to the Termination of my Employment? Unfortunately, patients can be fired for using medical marijuana. Though numerous states have passed medical marijuana legislation, the plant is still illegal on the federal level. Judicial precedent has been established for employers to legally terminate employees for using medical marijuana, even if they used marijuana when off the job. When Will Medical Marijuana be Legal in Ohio? The letter of the law states that it could be two full years until Ohio's medical marijuana program is up and running. However, those who have obtained written permission from a qualified doctor will be able to use the plant as soon as September. The only problem is that Ohio dispensaries will not open their doors for another year or so. Those who are in desperate need of medical marijuana will have to take a trip to another state where medical/recreational marijuana has been legalized. Some of Ohio's pain-sufferers will inevitably resort to the black market until Ohio's dispensaries are up and running.
  5. Last June, Ohio joined the ranks of states like Oregon and California, legalizing the medical use of marijuana. Signed into law by Governor Kasich, this new law is not set to go fully into effect for at least a year, as three different government agencies – the Ohio Department of Commerce, the State Pharmacy Board and the State Medical Board – gather to oversee the new program. Once the law goes into full effect, the next task for Ohio residents have a bit of an uphill battle as the infrastructure is in the beginning stages. Which leave many Ohioans left with two questions “How do I find a doctor who can prescribe medical marijuana?” and “How do I find the marijuana itself?” Finding a doctor – Finding a doctor to prescribe and approve your medical marijuana license can often be the most difficult task to complete. But it is the first step you must take if you wish to use medical marijuana to treat your ailments. Unfortunately, many medical professionals in Ohio are hesitant to prescribe this treatment as it remains in a legal haze. Thankfully, there are several Internet-based resources for finding a doctor amenable to prescribing medical marijuana. Here are a few of them: MedicalMarijuana.Ohio.gov OhioPatientsNetwork.org OHMarijuana.com MercyCenters.org MarijuanaDoctors.com Finding the drug – Once you have cleared the first hurdle and received your medical marijuana license, the next problem arises of where to find the product. The obvious source is in-state local suppliers who will also be overseen by the same agencies as the dispensaries. While there are no suppliers operating at the present, there are several out-of state ones poised to enter the Ohio market place when the new law takes effect on September 9th. The actual state of medical marijuana is far from settled in Ohio. Proceed slowly before taking any action and certainly do not do anything illegal. There are many rivers to cross as they say. For more information on medical marijuana in general on or on specific Ohio doctors who will prescribe medical marijuana, please visit OhioCannabis.com.
  6. Recently Ohio joined the ranks of nearly half the country by legalizing the medical use of cannabis. Let's take a look at the specifics of Ohio's medical marijuana law and compare its language to that of the laws in other states where medical marijuana has been legalized. Ohio's Medical Marijuana law Versus That of Other States Unlike other states where medical cannabis is legal, Ohioans who wish to utilize this treatment option will face a few hurtles. Ohio's medical marijuana legislation is similar to that of New York, as patients will not be allowed to grow it or smoke it in the traditional manner. Rather, the new law requires patients to purchase a limited amount of the product from a dispensary and consume it through a vaporizer. In contrast, Washington D.C. has its own unique set of marijuana laws in which only the sellers are punished. Beltway residents over the age of 21 can now legally buy, use and grow medical marijuana. Yet states like Colorado, Oregon and Washington have a totally different set of laws when it comes to marijuana. Both medical and recreational marijuana are legal in these states. Anyone over the age of 21 can purchase marijuana through a dispensary in these states. Their laws are quite the contrast to those in states like Wisconsin, Texas and Alabama where the sole form of legal cannabis is an oil extract known as cannabidiol that treats childhood epilepsy. In addition, Ohioans will not be reimbursed by their insurance companies for the cost of medical marijuana. Ohio's medical marijuana law also states that local governments have the power to shut down or severely limit operations at local marijuana dispensaries. Ohio's Extensive List of Qualifying Medical Conditions for Medical Marijuana All in all, Ohio lawmakers have included a whopping 21 unique medical conditions in the state's medical marijuana legislation. This is an astonishingly high number compared to other states. Examples of medical conditions that will qualify an Ohioan for medical marijuana use are post-traumatic stress disorder, HIV/AIDS, ulcerative colitis, cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. This is quite an extensive range of qualifying medical conditions compared to most other states. Though Ohio's medical marijuana law certainly accounts for a myriad of health conditions that are not recognized by other states' medical marijuana laws,shutterstock_265428695.eps there are some states with an even longer list of qualifying conditions. As an example, Illinois residents can obtain access to medical marijuana if they suffer from any one of nearly 40 medical conditions.