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.
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.