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.
Ohio has legalized medical marijuana, but dispensaries still face hurdles in opening in the state. And, Ohio is not unique in facing these types of problems. Almost two years have passed since Florida legalized medical marijuana, with over 70 percent of voters approving the measure. Thus far, 64 medical marijuana dispensaries opened in the state. However, some cities in Florida that temporarily stopped dispensaries from being opened in their communities are now making those bans permanent.
Many states around the country voted to legalize medical marijuana in 2016, with many more proposing to do the same. On November 6, residents of Missouri will vote on whether to legalize medical marijuana. However, there is not just one proposal on the ballot regarding this issue, but three. All three proposals would permit individuals with certain medical ailments to possess and consume medical marijuana. How they differ comes down to taxes.
Many people in Ohio suffer from medical conditions that are not well controlled by traditional medicine. However, marijuana has proved to be useful in some cases for medical purposes. Therefore, medical marijuana has been made legal in Ohio. However, not all forms of marijuana are lawful for medicinal purposes.
While medical marijuana was legalized in Ohio in 2016, there have been some hiccups in trying to get the program off the ground. One particular issue is the issuance of licenses for cultivators of medical marijuana. Per law, if a person in Ohio wants to grow marijuana, they must have a license from the state to do so. And, at least one report indicates that the state's approach towards licensure has made some critical errors.