Ohio now joins a growing number of states permitting the use of marijuana for medical use. Governor John Kasich signed the bill into law; the new law creates the medical marijuana control program, which includes a list of qualifying medical conditions. The legislation aims at controlling the process of use of medical marijuana by both medical practitioners and patients.
Additionally, the law controls the form in which marijuana can be administered and how patients can consume it. In the new law, it states that medical marijuana can only be dispensed through oils, tinctures, plant material, edibles, patches and other forms as approved by the pharmacy state board. In regard to patient use, the law prohibits the smoking or combustion of medical marijuana. Vaporization is permitted, but the law prohibits any other form of use that maybe attractive to children.
Overview of the bill
If interested in pursuing cultivation, processing or dispensary license, then the following overview takes a look at the main points from the bill.
Cities and counties are free to regulate or ban the medical marijuana business. It restricts users to be 500 feet from a school, public library, public playground or park. Additionally, the medical marijuana control program will be in charge in overseeing the licensing of facilities, cultivator and processors. The state pharmacy is in charge of registering patients and caregivers. They will also oversee physician recommendations of medical marijuana.
The Department of Commerce is in charge of setting up rules associated with testing, growing and processing cannabis for medical use. Consequently, the board of pharmacy will set up a medical advisory board with representatives from medical practitioners to representatives of caregivers. Ohio, just like other medical marijuana programs in other states, will be restrictive and competitive, especially because the board of pharmacy has an overall hold on the retail level. This is just the beginning for Ohio’s new program and with time it will become more accessible and less restrictive.
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