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.
More states are starting to recognize the benefits of medical marijuana. It can help with pain, nausea, seizures and more. Ohio is one state that has recognized that allowing residents to have access to medical marijuana is a beneficial thing, and has since legalized it. However, that doesn't mean just anyone can grow marijuana and sell it for medicinal purposes. Medical marijuana in Ohio is highly regulated.
Medical marijuana businesses across the country breathed a collective sigh of relief on March 23 of this year. The federal government’s omnibus spending bill—totally $1.3 trillion—was passed into law that day. In it was included the highly scrutinized Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment.
The State of Ohio legalized medical marijuana in 2016. Although the move was a victory for social advocates, it left the complicated tasks of administration and licensing to state bureaucracies. Nearly two years later, the state is stuck on its licensing procedures as the September deadline approaches for operations. Could hopes for medical marijuana go up in smoke before operations even begin?