The state of Ohio may have legalized marijuana for medicinal uses, but that doesn't mean physicians can prescribe it for any ailment they deem appropriate. There are limits the state has put into place with regards to what conditions can be treated with medical marijuana. These are known as "qualifying medical conditions." It is important to know what marijuana can legally be prescribed for so as to not run afoul of the law.
The cultivation, sale and use of medical marijuana is increasingly becoming legal in states across the nation. This is good news for those who suffer from debilitating medical conditions, who may find their only source of relief is through the use of medical marijuana. However, issues can come up when state law and federal law clash.
Marijuana can be a valuable medical treatment for many patients suffering from various illnesses. In fact, one cannabidiol-based drug has recently been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to use for certain epilepsy disorders. And, while the legalization of medical marijuana is gaining steam in nation, many states do not permit it, despite public opinion.
While marijuana cultivation, sale and possession are illegal on a federal and state level, in 2016, House Bill 523, which legalized medical marijuana for certain medical conditions, was signed into law. Although medical marijuana was supposed to be legal to sell in our state, starting September 8, 2018, officials have stated that they will be unable to meet this deadline. However, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program is in the process of issuing certificates to hundreds of businesses -- manufacturers, dispensaries, and more -- associated with medical marijuana.
Some Ohioans who suffer from epileptic seizures may find that, due to their specific medical conditions, their remedies are few and far between. Their seizures could be so debilitating and frequent to significantly impact their quality of life. However, some sufferers of epileptic seizures may soon find more relief as a new medical marijuana drug has been approved by the federal government for the treatment of two specific epilepsy conditions.
The medicinal benefits of marijuana are starting to become better known. One possible benefit of the drug is pain relief. While scientists are still studying whether marijuana is an effective painkiller, what is known is that, in the wake of the opioid epidemic in Ohio and across the nation, medical marijuana may be a better choice for patients than addictive prescription painkillers.
Ohio, along with other states, has legalized medical marijuana. However, this does not mean that just anyone can set up a shop to sell medical marijuana. Those who wish to operate a medical marijuana dispensary must be licensed to do so. And, obtaining such a license is proving to be difficult.
Although Ohio has passed laws legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, this doesn't mean the process of implementing such laws has run smoothly. Issues have arisen regarding the licensure of marijuana growers, that may impact when such businesses can begin operations.
The use of marijuana for medicinal purposes can be very beneficial for people in Ohio suffering from cancer, seizures, multiple sclerosis, anxiety and other ailments. However, people in Ohio may be surprised to hear that, despite the fact that medical marijuana is gaining acceptance across the country, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved medical marijuana as a means for treating certain conditions.