Ohio

Thu
13
Sep

Ohio medical marijuana: Everything you need to know about the state program

Ohio is continuing its progress toward starting its first medical marijuana program. The process has raised numerous questions about how it will work, who will be involved and what the rules will be. We’ve collected some of the most frequent questions and our most informative coverage of the issue below.

How did Ohio arrive with medical marijuana?

Polling in 2015 showed up to 90 percent of Ohioans were willing to support legalizing medical use of marijuana. But a measure put before voters that November also included provisions for home growing and recreational use of pot, factors that led to a nearly 2-1 defeat at the ballot box.

Mon
10
Sep

Ohio’s medical marijuana program still facing delays

Ohio’s medical cannabis program went into effect on September 8, 2016 and two years later, patients still don’t have access to marijuana. Ohio residents were supposed to have access to medical marijuana last week.

The September 8th deadline that was written into law has been delayed while the state ensures a properly regulated medical cannabis industry.

One of the reasons that rolling out medical cannabis in Ohio has been such a lengthy process is because so few cultivators have been given the green light to start growing. There are 26 businesses in Ohio that have been chosen to cultivate but only four have passed the inspection and we allowed to grow this summer.

Fri
07
Sep

'Cannabis regulated like plutonium': Security measures causing delays in marijuana launch date

CLEVELAND - Ohio's Medical Marijuana program was originally supposed to launch on Sept. 8. For months, it's been clear that delays with licensing and construction for the new facilities meant patients wouldn't be able to get medical products produced in Ohio until months after the initial start date, potentially as late as early 2019.

For an industry that's planning to be the business of the future, required security measures sound like they're from an old-fashioned action movie.

A poster at the Cleveland School of Cannabis shows various parts of the growing process.

Tue
04
Sep

Medical marijuana: 7 reasons why Ohio won't be selling medical marijuana this week

Ohio had a plan. Sell medical marijuana to patients suffering from cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder and epilepsy. Set up a well-regulated, safe industry. Do it all in two years. Start this Saturday. 

Fri
31
Aug

Dayton marijuana plan draws praise, criticism

Dayton leaders are asking voters to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, a move some hailed as a big improvement and others criticized as a big mistake.

Decriminalizing marijuana likely would lead to fewer misdemeanor marijuana charges in Dayton and would allow law enforcement to focus on more pressing public safety concerns, like the opioid epidemic, said Thaddeus Hoffmeister, law professor with the University of Dayton’s School of Law.

“Anyone who spends a day in court knows this is a good idea,” he said. “(Police) have bigger fish to fry.”

But critics locally and around the country say legalizing and decriminalizing recreational marijuana are terrible ideas that send the wrong message that marijuana is not harmful.

Mon
20
Aug

Ohio issues 2 medical marijuana testing lab licenses after months-long wait

Columbus research giant Battelle and North Coast Testing Laboratories in Northeast Ohio were awarded medical marijuana testing lab licenses on Friday. 

The Ohio Department of Commerce also awarded two more marijuana product processor provisional licenses -- for a total of nine out of an available 40. Standard Wellness Company LLC may be the first company to be licensed at each level in the supply chain -- growing, manufacturing and selling. 

Testing lab and processor provisional licensees have six months to build their facilities and pass a state inspection before beginning operations.

Wed
15
Aug

Medical marijuana cultivators won't make September deadline to get program up and running

CLEVELAND - At Buckeye Relief in Eastlake, the first marijuana seeds were planted on July 31—four days after the cultivating facility received its final certificate of operation from the state as it nears the deadline of September 8 to get the Ohio medical marijuana program up and running. A deadline that will pass without any action.

Fri
10
Aug

38 Ohio doctors approved in August to recommend medical marijuana

Ohio has 38 more physicians that are certified to recommend cannabis to patients.

There are currently 222 physicians in Ohio with active certificates who can recommend medical cannabis to patients with one of 21 different medical conditions, but this is still not enough to treat the estimated 200,000 patients that experts believe will need access.

State regulators believe that physicians will sign on to be certified as the medical cannabis program grows in the state.

Patients can find certified physicians in a database on Cleveland.com. the database is updated monthly as doctors are approved and certified by the medical board.

Tue
07
Aug

Ohio is having trouble finding producers for cannabis edibles market

It appears Ohio is having some difficulty scrounging up enough reputable cannabis companies to produce a variety of pot products for the state’s medical marijuana program. The Ohio Department of Commerce recently issued its first round of processor licenses, approving only 7 out of 104 applicants. The state says the majority of the businesses interested in producing marijuana–infused oils and treats did not meet the minimum requirements. So now, it’s back to drawing board.

Fri
20
Jul

Ohio's medical marijuana program faces more delays

Ohio's fledgling medical marijuana program is facing additional administrative hiccups that could further delay the program's rollout statewide.

The program will miss the Sept. 8 deadline to be "fully operational," per state law, because cultivators have only been given the OK to grow plants in recent weeks.

Several other parts of the program are also falling behind schedule.

 

Patient registry

The patient registry will not open as expected in July.

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