ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Medical Marijuana is legal in the state of Ohio, however the restrictions on a patient obtaining medical marijuana is one of the strictest.
The voters in Ohio have made medical marijuana legal, and now Ohio is setting their rules and regulations for the new program. Muskingum Behavioral Health’s, Steve Carrel said medical marijuana will have both good and bad side effects depending on the person.
“There aren’t a whole lot of really bad things that could happen,” Carrel said. “You’re not going to overdose, I’ve never seen an overdose, but you can hurt yourself, because your lack of judgement. Judgement is one of the first things that goes, with any medicated drug that changes the way we feel.”
Carrel said Ohio is currently trying to study the effects while making the restrictions and a big portion of the study hasn’t been done yet.
“My opinion is [marijuana] should have been studied already,” Carrel said. “The general government’s ban on studying the effects of marijuana and [Tetrahydrocannabinol] should never have been at the levels that they were. We should have these answers already.”
The Marijuana Policy Program is starting September 2018. Doctors will be able to recommend a patient as long as the patient has one of the 20 medical conditions listed. However, according to Carrel, doctors can only recommend they cannot prescribe medical marijuana for it’s still considered a federally illegal substance.
Carrel thought there was a possibility that Ohio’s conservative nature can set the bar for other states that are currently thinking about legalizing marijuana for medical use.
The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy has released the rules on obtaining medical marijuana and public comment is taking place through March 10, 2017. Some of the strict rules include patients only get four to six ounces of plant material