Ohio

Wed
08
Jul

More states allowing telehealth consults for cannabis authorization

Until recently, the term “telehealth” was known in the medical community, but not the cannabis community.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak sent the country into lockdown, medical marijuana users in many states can now check in with a health care provider by video for authorization, rather than an in-person meeting.

According to MPP.org, 31 states currently allow telemedicine for cannabis patients – 11 of which have temporarily altered their laws as a result of the current coronavirus pandemic.

Tue
23
Jun

Denver Issues First Research and Development License for Medical Cannabis

While the city of Denver, and the state of Colorado as a whole, has been on the forefront of recreational and medical cannabis, Denver just issued the first official research and development license this past Tuesday. Med Pharm, the group granted the license, will be looking at how cannabis could potentially provide relief for Alzheimer’s patients. 

Mon
15
Jun

4 States Where Legalizing Marijuana Will Have to Wait Until 2021 or 2022

Despite all that's gone on in 2020, it's important not to lose sight of the fact that we're now less than five months away from Election Day. We'll see voters choose who'll be president of the United States for the next four years, and could even witness the current political makeup of Congress shift.

But one of the more interesting stories for 2020 is going to be which states "go green."

Thu
11
Jun

Ohio medical marijuana: Panel recommends one new qualifying medical condition

Proposals to treat autism and anxiety with medical marijuana were rejected Wednesday by a state medical board committee.

The panel recommended the full board approve one new condition: cachexia, or wasting syndrome.

Anxiety, autism spectrum disorder and cachexia had been considered to join the list of 21 qualifying medical conditions included in Ohio’s 2016 medical marijuana law.

Wed
27
May

Ohio Legalization Campaign Given More Flexibility to Gather Necessary Signatures

A federal judge has ruled that Ohio must allow groups pursuing voting law changes, a minimum wage increase and marijuana decriminalization more time and flexibility to qualify for ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic, reports the Associated Press.

U.S. District Court Judge Edmund Sargus Jr.’s ruling Tuesday ordered the state to allow campaigns until July 31 to gather required signatures and to allow them to be collected electronically. According to the AP he stopped short of reducing the number of signatures required, as some courts elsewhere have allowed amid a spate of COVID-19-related signature-gathering challenges. Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose, the state’s elections chief, says the state will appeal.

Wed
20
May

Ohio medical marijuana sales get a boost from coronavirus, change on purchase limits

Ohio's medical marijuana industry had its best two months yet in March and April, which industry officials say is a a result of the new coronavirus and recent changes to the program. 

Sales reached $12.9 million during four weeks in March and $14.2 million over four weeks in April, according to state reports. That's a significant increase compared to $10.7 million in sales in February and $9.6 million over four weeks in January.

Dispensaries say early to mid-March sales spikes were driven by a desire to "stock up" amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Fri
15
May

U.S. cities ignoring cannabis crimes to prevent pandemic spread

America’s relationship to cannabis is changing because of the coronavirus pandemic. Governors openly lament that their state didn’t legalize cannabis, marijuana retail is considered “essential business” and some scientists have suggested CBD could help treat COVID-19.

Thu
07
May

Ohio Secures Equipment Needed to Differentiate Hemp From Marijuana

Ohio has officially secured the testing equipment it needs to tell the difference between marijuana and hemp.

Up until recently, most of Ohio’s crime labs, if not all, could only detect the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but not the concentration. The concentration is key in determining whether the cannabis in question is hemp or marijuana, which would be anything containing more than 0.3% THC.

Wed
06
May

Cities Have Ignored Marijuana Crimes To Prevent COVID-19 Spread

Local officials in Columbus and Baltimore announced they won’t pursue marijuana offenses in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Wed
06
May

Under 200 applied to grow hemp in Ohio; industry not surprised

Despite the enthusiasm for the legalization of hemp, Ohio Department of Agriculture received 198 applications for hemp cultivation for the 2020 growing season.

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