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.


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.


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.


Ohio now has 185 doctors certified to recommend medical marijuana

Licenses for growers, producers and dispensaries are still pending and the state’s patient database isn’t set up yet.

Ohio is still months away from opening medical cannabis dispensaries to patients. But the state is taking steps to ensure that when sales begin, every aspect of the program is in place.

Since April, the Ohio State Medical Board has been reviewing applications from physicians seeking approval to recommend medical marijuana. So far, the board has approved 185 physicians, adding 46 doctors to the growing list on Wednesday


First medical marijuana grower gets green light to start planting in Ohio

Medical marijuana can now start growing in Ohio. 

The state of Ohio has issued its first certificate of operation to a medical marijuana cultivator in Ravenna in Portage County, according to a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Commerce. 

FN Group Holdings, which was one 25 cultivators to receive provisional licenses to grow medical marijuana in Ohio, was awarded the certificate of operation Friday after having its facility inspected on Tuesday.

FN Group is one of 12 so-called "Level 2" growers that received provisional licenses from the state to grow medical marijuana in up to 3,000 square feet of space.

Thirteen Level 1 growers have received provisional licenses to grow in up to 25,000 square feet.


Ohio's medical marijuana law and unemployment compensation: Will discharge be “just cause"

Ohio’s medical marijuana law becomes fully operational in September of this year. The law legalizes medical marijuana in Ohio, establishes a regulatory regime for its production, dispensation and use, and creates broad protections for employers. Nevertheless, Ohioans continue to grapple with the law’s employment implications, including how the law affects unemployment compensation benefits.


Medical marijuana: If Ohio won't let you burn it, how do you use it?

Some say medical marijuana is a misnomer, including some local officials and the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration.  

“People keep saying ‘medical marijuana’ and there’s no such thing,” said Helen Jones-Kelley, executive director, Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services board of Montgomery County. “It isn’t like you can just go into a place and find a strain of marijuana that is medicinal.” 


'My research shows if you use cannabis in low doses in your 40s and 50s, you probably don’t get Alzheimer’s': Dr. Gary Wenk

It may be time to talk to your parents about marijuana. Smoking it every day could save their lives, according to Dr. Gary Wenk - a researcher at Ohio State University who has been studying the effects of cannabis on the human brain and made some astounding discoveries, writes Tess Barker.


Ohio to announce medical marijuana dispensary locations

The 57 dispensaries receiving licenses today represent just a fraction of the nearly 400 applications submitted, and three fewer than state law allows.

Ohio regulators will announce which retail dispensaries have received approval to set up shop under the state’s new medical marijuana program. The application process, however, has not been without controversy. And the 57 dispensary locations expected to be announced today will represent just a fraction of the 376 applications submitted to regulators.

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy Awards 57 Dispensaries With Operating Licenses


Ohio medical marijuana program to bring $11 million in fees

A report says Ohio's medical marijuana program will bring in about $11 million in fees even before the system is up and running.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that figure includes about $5.2 million in non-refundable application fees already collected from more than 650 prospective medical marijuana businesses.

The state will also collect about $2.6 million in licensing fees from 25 large and small cultivators who received provisional growing license, and another $2.6 million in annual license renewal fees from growers.


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