Thursday is April 20th, which has long been known as ‘420’ or ‘Weed Day.’
So we thought it was appropriate to update you on the status of Ohio’s new Medical Marijuana law.
Even though it’s been five months since lawmakers approved medical marijuana for Ohioans, it may take another eighteen months before it’s available. Here’s why:
The Ohio Department of Commerce and Ohio Board of Pharmacy are required by law to take all actions necessary to ensure that Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program is fully operational no later than September 8, 2018.
That means regulations need to be established. The Department of Commerce, Ohio Board of Pharmacy and State Medical Board are creating the rules for cultivators, dispensaries, testing labs, patients, caregivers, and doctors.
They need to be in place by September 8th of this year, but it may take another year before it’s available.
Remember, there is a specific list of approved medical conditions and only certain forms of medical marijuana will be legal. At this time you cannot smoke it.
It is possible for someone to petition the state to have a medical condition or type of marijuana added to the approved list. But it is still illegal to grow your own at home.
And no, at this time you cannot get a recommendation from another state and bring medical marijuana into Ohio.
However the law does allow for the state to negotiate with other states to make that possible, but it may be a while before that happens.
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