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Medical marijuana patient registry opened in Ohio

Many people in Ohio suffer from serious medical conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, that do not have many options for relief. Some people have found that the use of medical marijuana alleviates their symptoms. Up until recently, however, it was illegal for these individuals to purchase and use marijuana, even medicinally. Ohio has since legalized medical marijuana, but there are still steps the state needs to take before medical marijuana is accessible to those who need it. However, with the recent opening of the patient registry in the state, Ohio is on the path to making it possible for patients to legally purchase medical marijuana.

Ohio's medical marijuana patient registry has recently been made available to the public. This is good news both for patients who wish to legally purchase medical marijuana and for physicians that want to be able to prescribe the drug to patients. With the registry open, the state can give patients the approval needed to purchase medical marijuana.

Oklahoma court addresses the regulation of medical marijuana

As many in Ohio can attest, the implementation of laws and regulations regarding the manufacturing, processing and sale of medical marijuana has not always run smoothly. For example, Ohio had issues with the licensure of medical marijuana dispensaries in the state. Other states in the nation that have legalized medical marijuana are also facing legal issues in implementing these laws.

Oklahoma has legalized medical marijuana, but regulating the industry is not without its issues. One city in Oklahoma attempted to enact an ordinance creating zoning restrictions for medical marijuana businesses in the city as well as implementing fees for operating medical marijuana businesses in the city. However, the city has had to suspend its ordinance following a court ruling.

Protecting your dispensary license from violations

Ohio has waited and watched, learning from the mistakes of other states that raced to legalize medical marijuana. Many who suffered from conditions the product promised to relieve were excited when lawmakers agreed to allow a limited number of dispensaries across the state. If you were among the few granted a license to sell medical marijuana, you already know how carefully Ohio regulates the industry.

With three different agencies overseeing the cultivation, dispensing and doctor certification related to medical marijuana, you would not get very far before having to answer to one or the other regulatory entity. Since dispensing medical marijuana is a highly competitive industry, you would be wise to do all you can to remain compliant and keep your license in good standing.

What is an abandoned application for an Ohio dispensary?

At times, the Ohio state board of pharmacy will accept applications for the operation of medical marijuana dispensaries in the state. While some may be eager to open their own dispensary, it is important that they meet all the requirements necessary to obtain a license, so they can legally operate in the state.

The state board of pharmacy will give notice of when they are accepting applications for new medical marijuana dispensaries in the state. When one submits their application, however, the board may request that the applicant provide it with further information needed to process and completely investigate the application. The applicant has five calendar days after being informed that they must submit further information in which to do so. If the applicant does not do so within the required timeframe, then their application will be considered "abandoned."

Medical marijuana dispensaries banned from opening in some cities

Ohio has legalized medical marijuana, but dispensaries still face hurdles in opening in the state. And, Ohio is not unique in facing these types of problems. Almost two years have passed since Florida legalized medical marijuana, with over 70 percent of voters approving the measure. Thus far, 64 medical marijuana dispensaries opened in the state. However, some cities in Florida that temporarily stopped dispensaries from being opened in their communities are now making those bans permanent.

State rules were adopted last year giving cities two choices: either issue an outright ban of medical marijuana dispensaries or regulate them the same way they regulate pharmacies. Regulating dispensaries the same way they regulate pharmacies means that dispensaries must be allowed to operate in all commercial districts, although they cannot be within a certain distance of schools. So, some cities chose the outright ban.

Missouri to vote on whether to legalize medical marijuana

Many states around the country voted to legalize medical marijuana in 2016, with many more proposing to do the same. On November 6, residents of Missouri will vote on whether to legalize medical marijuana. However, there is not just one proposal on the ballot regarding this issue, but three. All three proposals would permit individuals with certain medical ailments to possess and consume medical marijuana. How they differ comes down to taxes.

Amendment 2 focuses on veterans. Under this amendment, a 4 percent sales tax on medical marijuana would be levied. The tax funds would then go towards the creation of a veterans' health care fund. Amendment 3 focuses on cancer research. Under this amendment, a 15 percent sales tax on medical marijuana would be levied. The tax funds will then be used for cancer research. Finally, Proposition C, focuses on various state issues. Under this proposition, a 2 percent sales tax on medical marijuana would be levied. The tax funds will then be used to benefit various causes, including public safety, education, drug treatment and veteran care.

Ohio edges closer to being active in the marijuana market

Medical marijuana advocates celebrated a major victory for their cause two years ago when wheels began turning to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio. Since then, state regulators have been hard at work putting rules and regulations into effect, including what forms the medicine will be available in. Progress can be slow when the government is involved though, and medical cannabis has yet to be on shelves.

Our state has taken yet another step in the right direction, however, because marijuana cultivators harvested their very first crops this week. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Agri-Med Ohio LLC and Wellspring Fields have taken in their first haul of mature marijuana plants. This is an important milestone for the industry, but it will still be several months before the finished products will make their ways into the hands of consumers.

What forms of medical marijuana are lawful in Ohio?

Many people in Ohio suffer from medical conditions that are not well controlled by traditional medicine. However, marijuana has proved to be useful in some cases for medical purposes. Therefore, medical marijuana has been made legal in Ohio. However, not all forms of marijuana are lawful for medicinal purposes.

Certain forms of medical marijuana are legal in Ohio. They are: patches, edibles, plant material, tinctures and oils. However, it is illegal to smoke medical marijuana, although it can be used for vaping. In addition, it is illegal to make available any form of medical marijuana that would be attractive to minors.

Considering a business or investment opportunity in the cannabis industry?

It's a historic time for the cannabis industry. Legalization of medical marijuana has swept across the nation in recent years, with approvals in the majority of states and hints that federal decriminalization may soon follow. Recreational use, too, has been legalized in a growing number of states.

For entrepreneurs and investors, these developments represent a major opportunity. Dispensaries, grow operations, testing labs and processing facilities are taking off in Ohio and elsewhere.

Ohio auditor criticizes handling of medical marijuana program

While medical marijuana was legalized in Ohio in 2016, there have been some hiccups in trying to get the program off the ground. One particular issue is the issuance of licenses for cultivators of medical marijuana. Per law, if a person in Ohio wants to grow marijuana, they must have a license from the state to do so. And, at least one report indicates that the state's approach towards licensure has made some critical errors.

A recent report issued from the Ohio auditor's office stated that regulators in the state made numerous data entry mistakes, did not correctly redact identification information from applications to cultivate medical marijuana and were inconsistent in scoring 185 cultivation applications.

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