Ohio residents have most likely recently begun to see a number of cannabidiol products pop up in the market-it can be found in items ranging from lotions and shampoos to boosters in workout smoothies. However, many are unaware of its relationship with marijuana and whether CBD, as it is commonly known, is legal or not.
Last week's blog discussed the ways in which the quality of medical marijuana in Ohio is tested and maintained. Manufacturers and growers have various legal obligations to fulfill to ensure their product meets the state's stringent requirements. Unfortunately, the majority of product being tested in the three state laboratories is rejected due to contaminants, but an explanation is provided so manufacturers can improve their product.
Before a medicine is cleared for consumption by the public, it is tested to ensure it actually contains the ingredients it claims it does and at the levels it says it does. The law is no different for medical marijuana, with three cannabis-testing labs currently in operation in Ohio. Two others have also been licensed; however, they have not yet begun operating, as they fear handling a substance that is federally illegal might jeopardize federal grants and licenses.
There are currently 21 conditions that allow Ohio residents to qualify for medical marijuana use, but last year the state allowed the public to suggest new conditions. The state medical board committee received more than 100 petitions, which were narrowed down to five conditions. Of those, anxiety and autism are coming closer and closer to getting approved as a qualifying condition. The board rejected insomnia, opioid addiction and depression.
Even when something is used for medicinal purposes, the proper steps need to be taken when using and selling this medicine. While medical marijuana has become legalized in Ohio for qualified conditions, it is important for those in the cannabis related industry to know whom they can sell their product to. If a licensed seller ends up selling medical marijuana to someone who does not have a medical marijuana card, he or she might end up jeopardizing his or her business. It is therefore important to know the correct way to obtain a card.
The legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes in Ohio has forced many in the state to reevaluate the way they think about the plant. Cities once famous for illegally growing the plant for years now hope to profit from its legalization, especially as the decline of coal has brought about a loss of jobs and tax revenues.
As discussed previously on this blog, the use of marijuana for medical purposes has been legalized in Ohio to help treat and ease the symptoms associated with a number of qualifying conditions. As of now, there are 21 conditions that qualify for treatment. However, someone who has a qualifying condition cannot just walk into a dispensary and ask for medical marijuana-an Ohio medical marijuana card is needed to do so.
Entering any new business venture is intimidating enough, as entrepreneurs try to learn the laws surrounding the field they are entering to ensure they obey it. This becomes difficult when the law surrounding the industry is fluid yet tightly regulated at the same time, as the cannabis industry in Ohio is. The laws in the relatively new legalized marijuana industry can change at any time, yet adhering to them is key to ensure one does not have their business shut down.
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.