CANFIELD TWP., Ohio –
One Valley psychiatrist made the first list of doctors awarded licenses to recommend medical marijuana to patients in the state.
Dr. Rajendra Koirala, who currently practices at Northeast Behavioral Health in Canfield, was the only Valley doctor on a list of physicians who received their licenses in order to potentially prescribe medical marijuana to patients.
Dr. Koirala, a licensed psychiatrist, received his medical license through the Ohio State Medical Board in 2008, after completing an internship in psychiatry at Drexel University.
Since then, Dr. Koirala has become affiliated with several locations throughout the Valley.
Beginning in September, when Ohio’s medical marijuana program is slated to begin, Dr. Koirala will be able to potentially prescribe pot to patients out of his Starr’s Centre Drive location.
An office manager at Northeast Behavioral Health told 21 News that they are already planning on Dr. Koirala being in the office and additional day every week. The manager said they plan to take the whole process one step at a time since everything is so brand new.
A separate, but related LLC which sits next door to the psychiatry office, named Heaven and Herbs will be used to fill prescriptions for patients.
Mercy Health responded to queries saying Dr. Koirala is not “affiliated” with their system, but is listed as one of their network providers.
When asked for a statement on Dr. Koirala’s new licensure Mercy Health responded to 21 News saying:
“We understand that Ohio-based physicians who wish to prescribe marijuana must undergo a two-hour training program offered by the State of Ohio and only allows physicians to recommend the substance, not prescribe. Marijuana remains illegal under Federal law and the Federal government has indicated it will enforce federal laws against the drug in states that have decriminalized its