Fifteen years ago Stacy Ochall was diagnosed with anxiety and bipolar disorder. She has tried over 15 different medicines, therapy and countless other methods to relieve her symptoms – but none have been successful.
“My psychologist has told me that if medical marijuana was [available,] she would prescribe it to me,” Ochall said. “But, as of right now there is nothing she can do.”
Ochall is suffering from two of the many symptoms that scientists say can be treated with medical marijuana. Ochall, among many others in Ohio, are looking forward to the law that will change that.
Medical marijuana in Ohio
Medical marijuana was legalized in Ohio Sept. 18, 2016 by the passing of House Bill 523. There is an outline for how this will work in Ohio, but the details are still being worked out. The plan will not be fully functional until September 2018.
People with certain conditions that could be treated with medical marijuana will be able to be prescribed the drug after their physician, who is certified by the State Medical Board, recommends them to be considered.
Physicians will not have full control when prescribing medical marijuana, as patients must meet certain requirements. Under Ohio law, the only people that can receive medical marijuana are people suffering from AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy or another seizure disorder, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable, Parkinson’s disease, positive status for HIV, post-traumatic stress disorder, sickle cell anemia, spinal cord disease or injury, Tourette’s syndrome, traumatic brain injury and ulcerative colitis.
Medical marijuana is used by doctors in other states for a number of different diseases and conditions. In other states, medical marijuana can be used