House Bill 523 came into law on June 8 2016 and marijuana was legalized in Ohio medically. Governor John Kasich signed this act making it possible for people with certain health conditions to be treated with marijuana. Residents in Ohio are now permitted to get themselves treated with medical marijuana, but they are not allowed to smoke cannabis publicly or even for recreational purposes.
The law allows patients on the recommendation of a licensed doctor to use cannabis plant material, edibles, oils and tinctures for treating a specific medical condition.
After a lot of unsuccessful attempts, the state of Ohio finally managed to amend its marijuana policies in 2016 by the passage of comprehensive medical marijuana legislation. Recreational marijuana still continues to remain banned.
Regulations and Registrations
Any regulations or registrations needed for cannabis treatment come through Ohio State Board of Pharmacy. To apply for a medical marijuana license in Ohio, a person has to be of 18 years of age and needs to have a medical condition.
Recreational Marijuana in Ohio
So, is recreational marijuana legal in Ohio? No, recreational marijuana is not legal in Ohio. However, the marijuana policies of the state are such that if a person is found in possession of a quantity less than 100 grams, he or she needs to pay a $150 fine. A high quantity of marijuana possession is considered to be felony and can lead to $250 to $20000 fines or 30 days to 8 years prison term. If an individual is a resident of Newark, Logan, Bellaire and Roseville, the possession of less than 200 grams of marijuana can lead to suspension of the driving license.
Medical Conditions for which Marijuana can be used Ohio
The following medical conditions are approved for medical marijuana treatment in the state of Ohio:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Seizure Disorders
- Hepatitis C
- HIV AIDS
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- Spinal Cord Diseases and Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Crohn’s Disease
- Chronic, Severe or Untraceable Pain
- Parkinson’s Disease
However, the state of Ohio does not permit the usage of marijuana for general mental health, anxiety and clinical depression.
How to Apply for Medical Marijuana Card in Ohio?
For getting approved for medical marijuana treatment, patients can get in touch with Ohio medical marijuana doctors using two methods. The first is to use HIPAA- compliant telemedicine service. The other one is to get an appointment in-office with the doctor. It is essential for the patients to carry all medical records to be verified by the doctors. Once the doctors verify that the medical conditions qualify for medical marijuana certification, the patients get a recommendation letter that is then submitted to Ohio State Board of Pharmacy. A $50 fee is payable to the Board of Pharmacy which then sends a conformation email and instructions to set up the Patient Registry. The patients can then download their Ohio medical marijuana card.
Why is Medical Cannabis Considered for Treating Specific Medical Conditions?
Cannabis contains chemicals that impact the brain and make it function in a better manner without giving it a high as thought of by many people.
Medical marijuana consists of hundreds of chemical compounds called cannabinoids that are proven to provide relief from chronic pain. Pain associated with multiple sclerosis can also be alleviated with the help of medical cannabis.
Medical cannabis is also associated with maintaining the right body weight and also losing weight. It aids the body in regulating insulin level and also managing calorie intake in an efficient manner. In turn, this helps in preventing diabetes. Research also suggests that medical cannabis stabilizes blood sugar levels, lowers the blood pressure and also improves blood circulation.
Cannabinoids are also known to fight and prevent certain types of cancer. Medical cannabis also contains endocannabinoid compounds that stabilizes the mood of a person and helps to fight and treat depression. Because it has the ability to calm users and control their mood, cannabis can also be used to treating autism.
Medical cannabis also helps individuals with ADHD/ ADD by promoting their focus and improving cognitive performance. It is now found as creams and balms that can be used by individuals who suffer from arthritis.
The right dosage of medical marijuana can help alleviate symptoms of several medical conditions and help people lead healthier lives.