Marijuana can be a valuable medical treatment for many patients suffering from various illnesses. In fact, one cannabidiol-based drug has recently been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to use for certain epilepsy disorders. And, while the legalization of medical marijuana is gaining steam in nation, many states do not permit it, despite public opinion.

A poll conducted in April by Quinnipiac University found that 93 percent of respondents approved of permitting doctors to issue prescriptions for medical marijuana. Thirty states in the U.S. have legalized marijuana for certain medical purposes. Ohio is one of these states. However, marijuana is still illegal in 20 states and per federal law, although four of these states do have very limited exemptions for certain ailments. This means that the possession and distribution of medical marijuana falls in a gray area when it comes to legality, with some state laws permitting it while federal law does not.

Even in states that have legalized medical marijuana, potential distributors in these states cannot simply start manufacturing and selling marijuana. State agencies highly regulate the distribution of medical marijuana. These regulations are in addition to the many regulations any new business must follow.

Generally, distributors of medical marijuana need to obtain a state license to operate their business. Doing so can be complicated, and many people experience roadblocks along the way. For this reason, it is important that potential distributors of medical marijuana understand what is required for them to legally set up and run their business, so they do not make any critical mistakes.