Medical Marijuana Still About A Year And A Half Away In Ohio

(Cleveland) – If you’ve been wondering when medical marijuana will be available in Ohio, it’ll be a while. That’s because only the basic framework is in place for the state’s medical marijuana program, which, under state law, doesn’t have to be fully in operation until September 8, 2018.

A commission run jointly by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, the Ohio Medical Board, and the Ohio Department of Commerce is still establishing the rules.  There will be specific rules for cultivators, processors, testing labs, dispensaries, caregivers, and physicians.

Proposed rules have been drawn up, and public input is being taken on them.  Some of those proposed rules include requirements for users to purchase membership cards, and for doctors to be able to prescribe marijuana for only 20 specific conditions.  Only a certain number of cultivators and dispensaries will be licensed by the state.

The state has posted the timeline, and the proposed rules.

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