The first medical marijuana dispensary in Ohio opened in January and seven months in, cardholders are not satisfied with the way the program is operating. According to an online survey that 640 patients responded to, almost 50% stated they were very dissatisfied with the program and only around 4% said they were very satisfied. However, given that there are 52,000 medical marijuana cardholders in the state, it can only be considered an important snapshot of the situation, not a complete picture.
Medical marijuana licenses are strictly controlled in Ohio, making the program different from others in the country. Other states saw applicants submitting great applications and gave them provisional licenses that they would then sell. Ohio is attempting to prevent that from happening here, which is why ownership rules are strictly regulated.
Running a business is difficult enough in today's economic climate, but add to it an ever-changing landscape and it can become even more complicated. The marijuana business is heavily regulated with complex rules that are constantly evolving. Add to that the fact that rules differ from state to state and there is a completely different code of federal laws applicable as well. All this can be complicated for someone trying to run a business in the industry, in an attempt to help ailing individuals get relief from the symptoms from which they suffer.
A recent move in Ohio to separate hemp from state drug laws caused confusion in the state, with many claiming recreational marijuana had become legal in the state. However, this was not the case, as officials explained-industrial hemp and products made from its active ingredient, cannabidiol, have been legalized only. Ohio is one of the last states to legalize hemp.
Many thought that the legalization of medical marijuana would bring about a change in the state, as people with the approved conditions could now legally obtain products that could improve the quality of their life. The industry was expected to blossom and large profits were forecast. Unfortunately, this has yet to happen as high prices have prevented many from purchasing medical marijuana legally and only a fraction of dispensaries have been granted operating licenses.
Businesses across the nation are faced with a wide range of laws and regulations. Once medical marijuana became legal in Ohio, businesses scrambled to get their paperwork in order to get licenses to dispense it legally. The laws regulating the field are complex and vary from state to state, which is why companies may find it difficult to get it. Relevant boards are holding businesses to what they claimed on their applications, and this is creating problems for at least two in the state.
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.