If you are reading this and are a resident of Ohio, you probably already know that in 2016 residents of your state voted to permit medical marijuana for people seeking relief from certain medical conditions.
Did you know that, as of January 2019, medical marijuana dispensaries were fully operational in many areas of the state? Some even offer a delivery service.
What Is Medical Cannabis?
Medical cannabis is marijuana recommended by a physician for certain purposes. It is available in different forms such as pills, edibles, and creams. And there are variations in the amount and types of marijuana compounds it includes. Some have THC, which includes the psychoactive effects associated with marijuana use, and some are CBD-based, which doesn’t.
In Ohio, patients who are registered with the state for medical marijuana can purchase oils, tinctures, edibles, pills, patches, and more. Medical marijuana can also be vaporized, according to Ohio law, but not smoked.
Dispensaries in the state are all set up a little differently from each other. Do some research before deciding on one. Prices and quality can vary wildly as well. Some even allow you to sign up for reward programs that give you points or credit with every purchase.
What Else Does the Law Cover?
The Ohio medical marijuana law prohibits smoking cannabis or growing plants (even if just for yourself).
In order to legally consume medical marijuana, patients must apply to the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy for a registration card. Often, a visit to a physician who specializes in medical marijuana will include your doctor submitting the application on your behalf. The registration card is valid for one year.
Cardholders Access Dispensaries, Lose their Guns
The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy is responsible for building a database of all medical marijuana registration cardholders and what each is permitted to purchase each month.
Patients using medical marijuana are not permitted to own any firearms, according to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. That’s because marijuana is still technically classified as a schedule 1 narcotic.
And, even if you possess a state-issued card permitting you to use medicinal cannabis, if your workplace is anti-drug, there is no protection against being fired for treating a medical condition with marijuana.
In Ohio, you may qualify for medical marijuana if you have one of the 21 medical conditions listed by the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
- Crohn’s disease
- Hepatitis C
- HIV-positive status
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Pain: severe, chronic, or intractable
- Parkinson’s disease
- Sickle cell anemia
- Spinal cord injury
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Traumatic brain injury
- Ulcerative colitis
If you believe you may qualify for medical marijuana use, contact Dr. David Zainey, one of the first medical cannabis physicians in Ohio at InteCare Medical Clinic by calling (937) 874-5766 or request an appointment now.