While it is labeled a controlled substance, marijuana can b possessed and used legally in the U.S.; however, this is dependent on the location and purpose. Many individuals may not be aware that medical marijuana is legal in Ohio for 21 illnesses, as long as there is a recommendation from a doctor specified to do so. It was anticipated that the medicinal marijuana program would be functioning by September, but that has not happened as of yet. The first dispensary in the state is anticipated to open soon near Steubenville, but others are still in varying degrees of construction or development.
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.