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?