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.
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.