Even when businesses deal with obstacles, the numbers can still be promising. Despite the sale of medical marijuana beginning in Ohio in mid January of this year, the industry has garnered around $1.85 million in two months. This is despite the limitations discussed in a recent post with regards to high prices.
There are positives and negatives surrounding marijuana. The legalization of medical marijuana in Ohio was hailed as a great step, potentially providing much needed relief to people suffering from debilitating pain from a number of medical conditions, as discussed in last week's post. Unfortunately, few people associate cannabis products with pain relief, which is why it might come as a surprise to many that most patients who are purchasing the product are disabled.
There are many hot topics being discussed these days. Much has been said about the availability of medical marijuana in Ohio and the 21 medical conditions that can be treated with the substance. However, many people suffering from debilitating pain or nausea due to an ailment may not be aware whether their condition qualifies for marijuana in the state. This is why it is important to know what the qualifying conditions are, both for patients looking for the substance and business operators looking to sell it.
The legality of certain substances change throughout time. Although medical marijuana became legal in Ohio back in 2016, the first time patients were able to get their medical prescriptions filled was early this year. Experts believe that one of the reasons a medical marijuana program has not gathered impetus in the state is because federal law still classifies cannabis as a Schedule I drug, which puts it in the same list as LSD and heroin. A schedule I drug is not considered for medical treatment in the country and has a high potential for abuse. Those who are interested in exploring the medical marijuana program are confused by this, as they are unclear if they would end up being prosecuted federally instead of locally.
The path to opening a business in the cannabis industry is mired with roadblocks, even though it is now legally possible in Ohio. Not only is there a social stigma associated with anything that has to do with cannabis, there are a number of complicated regulations that businesses must adhere to in order to operate. Even then, medical marijuana dispensaries are not opening up with the speed that they should be.
With recreational use of marijuana becoming legal in more and more states across the country as well as medical marijuana, one would think that its usage would become more acceptable in society, but this is not the case. Though medical usages of the substance are known to treat a number of medical conditions, people still hesitate to use or disclose their usage of it, for fear of being labeled 'potheads'. What many don't understand is that medical usage of the substance offers much needed relief to those who have exhausted all of their options for respite from pain.
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.
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.
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.