If you're an Ohio resident who suffers from chronic pain or an appetite-suppressing illness like cancer or multiple sclerosis (MS), you may be excited at the prospect of being able to obtain medical marijuana legally upon the enactment of House Bill 523, made effective in September 2016. While this step should be able to widen the scope of treatment for many suffering from a variety of afflictions and conditions, there are certain steps you'll need to take to obtain and responsibly use this drug, and the framework for the program is still being established. Read on to learn more about how you can obtain medical marijuana in Ohio.
What will you need to do in order to legally obtain medical marijuana?
Although the legalization bill was made effective on September 8, 2016, the state government has around two years to get the program up and running — which means you won't be able to find dispensaries around downtown Cleveland or Columbus yet. Physicians who wish to be able to prescribe marijuana must first go through a training that is still being developed, while those wishing to farm marijuana or open dispensaries must also abide by specific administrative rules that are still under development. It's likely to be at least another year or two before your access to medical marijuana (if it is recommended to you by a licensed doctor) is made easier.
Where can you start the process?
Your first step should be to find a physician who is working on the certification process under Ohio law. Once you have access to a doctor who is able to legally prescribe marijuana, you'll have a broader range of treatment options and should have some assistance in filling out the necessary forms and certifications you'll need to obtain a medical marijuana prescription. Once you've found a physician, you'll undergo a physical examination and may be recommended a treatment plan that does not include marijuana. In some cases, spending some time on this alternative treatment plan may be a necessary prerequisite of qualifying for a medical marijuana prescription.
It's important to note that the legalization of medical marijuana is not meant as a side path toward the legalization of recreational marijuana — and it's important not to abuse the system by exacerbating a condition in an attempt to easily obtain recreational marijuana. Doing so could land you in legal hot water, particularly if you're careless enough to provide evidence (such as text messages or social media posts) indicating your true intentions.
For more information, contact local professionals like Golden State MD Health and Wellness.Share
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