SANDUSKY — The aches and pains punished his back.
His depression didn’t dissipate.
And the insomnia drove him insane.
Sandusky resident Ron Marvicsin experienced extreme discomfort on a daily basis.
Up until recently, and like millions of Americans, he couldn’t find the right remedy to cure or really temporarily alleviate his agony.
He simply just dealt with the excruciating irritation tormenting him all day, every day.
“I exhausted all avenues,” Marvicsin said. “I’ve used so many prescription medications to help with my situation, and I just couldn’t do it anymore.”
Marijuana as medicine
Fed up with the available recovery options, Marvicsin learned about a new medical center opening this past May within Sandusky Plaza on Cleveland Road (U.S. 6).
He scheduled an appointment with Alternative Medicine Centers of America.
In short, State of Ohio Medical board-approved physicians working there can provide patients with recommendations to purchase medical marijuana at legal dispensaries. They cannot buy medical marijuana directly from the Sandusky center.
It’s allowed because the Ohio Legislature in 2016 approved House Bill 523, which set guidelines for a statewide medical marijuana program. Gov. John Kasich also signed the bill.
Still in its infancy stage, not many centers exist in Ohio. Luckily for Marvicsin, one operates from his hometown. There are no other such locations, whether affiliated or in direct competition with Alternative Medicine Centers of America, a for-profit business, within an hour’s drive of Sandusky.
After reviewing an individual’s medical history, which includes a screening, an Alternative Medicine professional provides a diagnosis. The doctor then determines whether a specific patient can obtain the legal paperwork and identification card to purchase medical marijuana.
Marvicsin received a recommendation because his chronic back pain falls on a state-approved short list of 20 specific conditions qualifying for medical marijuana treatments.
“You can’t just come in and say you have pain,” according to a