Ohio

Wed
28
Mar

Ohio doctors can now apply for medical marijuana certification

Ohio is one step closer to getting its medical marijuana program operating by September. The state medical board has opened the online application to certify doctors, who will be the first point of contact for patients who qualify for medical marijuana.

So far, some 36 doctors across the state have applied to be certified to issue medical marijuana authorizations, according to spokesperson Tessie Pollack.

“What those physicians are going to do is meet that patient, evaluate and, say you actually do have one of the qualifying conditions, they’ll enter them into the computer systems,” Pollack says. “And then, eventually, when the entire program is operational, they’ll be able to go to a dispensary to determine what products to buy.”

Tue
20
Mar

Despite Ohio's medical marijuana industry's rocky start, job excitement grows

HempStaff, specializing in medical marijuana recruiting and dispensary training, is selling out on training classes nationwide for the burgeoning legal marijuana industry, and Cleveland is no exception.

But some experts say it may be too early to get excited. With just more than a dozen medical marijuana licenses recently awarded in Ohio and unsuccessful applicants filing lawsuits, it's going to take some time for state-licensed medical marijuana facilities to get growing.

Wed
21
Feb

Ohio sued over medical marijuana grow licenses

Six unsuccessful applicants to grow medical marijuana in Ohio claim in a new lawsuit that state regulators failed to follow their own rules while scoring cultivator applications, made several scoring errors and hired scoring consultants who had blatant conflicts of interest.

Several groups led by Jimmy Gould of CannAscend Ohio LLC filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Franklin County Common Pleas court challenging the Ohio Department of Commerce's process for awarding the highly sought after licenses. They are seeking a permanent injunction from awarding operating licenses to the 12 companies awarded provisional licenses for large-scale growing facilities.

Wed
21
Feb

Ohio State offers to 'pause' medical marijuana licensing process; could delay program launch

The Ohio Department of Commerce is willing to hit the pause button on the review process for medical marijuana licenses, which has come under scrutiny from state regulators.

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost recently raised concerns about what he described as a "critical flaw'' in the review of medical marijuana grower applications that would have allowed application graders' computer accounts to be hacked.

Yost said outsiders could have signed on to the state-sponsored system for grading applications and manipulated the scores that were used late last year to grant 24 licenses for large and small marijuana growers in Ohio.

Tue
20
Feb

More Ohio adults smoking weed than ever before, survey says

More Ohio adults are using marijuana than ever before, according to recently released state data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).

The number of weed-smoking adults in Ohio increased 14.9 percent over the two-year period from 2015 through 2016, compared to the previous two years, according to an analysis of survey results by Harm Reduction Ohio, a drug policy reform group. 

About 1.24 million Ohio adults said they used marijuana in the past year in the latest NSDUH survey - roughly one in seven. That was the highest number since the survey from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services began tracking illicit drug use nationwide in 1971.

Fri
16
Feb

Inadvertent error caused Ohio medical marijuana grower to be denied a license, state says

A state employee's "inadvertent error" caused one medical marijuana company to receive a lower score than it earned and prevented it from receiving one of 12 available grow licenses, the Ohio Department of Commerce said Thursday.

The scores from one section of the application review process were inadvertently recorded a second time for a different section, affecting 10 of the 110 large grower license applicants, agency spokeswoman Stephanie Gostomski said.

PharmaCann Ohio LLC would have scored 8th and been awarded a provisional license had the correct scores been downloaded from the secure server where reviewers saved the scores. 

Tue
13
Feb

Ohio auditor finds flaw in medical marijuana business license scoring process

A "critical flaw" in Ohio's process for grading medical marijuana grow applications could have allowed a state employee to change scores or manipulate other documents, the state auditor's office found.

Two Ohio Department of Commerce employees had unlimited access to the online accounts of more than 20 application reviewers and associated documents, according to Auditor Dave Yost's office. The employees also created and managed passwords for the application reviewers, who were only granted access to certain parts of the application.

Mon
05
Feb

The opioid crisis is tearing Ohio apart, and medical marijuana could bring it back together

The opioid crisis is destroying Ohio.

Prescription painkillers such as Percocet and Vicodin have left many Ohioans addicted to powerful opioids. When people can no longer afford opioids or are denied refills, they often turn to heroin or Fentanyl sold illegally on the streets. 

It is estimated that 80 percent of heroin users started on an opioid. When people switch to these powerful drugs, overdoses are common. In 2016 alone, 4,050 Ohioans died from unintentional overdoses, the second most per capita in the nation behind only West Virginia. 2017 is expected to outpace those numbers. 

Mon
05
Feb

Ohio awards $1 million contract for medical marijuana help line

State regulators awarded a $1 million, three-year contract this week to a New Jersey-based company to operate a toll-free help line for patients, caregivers and doctors accessing Ohio's new medical marijuana program. 

Direct Success Inc.'s Ohio subsidiary Extra Step Assurance will operate the help line from a call center in Bellefontaine. The call center opened in February 2017 and has since been operating a national toll-free medical marijuana help line.

Direct Success CEO Cheryl McDaniel said the center offers fact-based information but does not give medical or legal advice. McDaniel said the company has pharmacists on call 24/7 to answer questions about drug interactions.

Fri
02
Feb

Let science drive marijuana policy - not superstition

Anyone who gets a prescription for medical marijuana is welcome to use it in West Chester Township. But the township does not welcome businesses associated with the producing marijuana.

Earlier this month, The Enquirer featured two letters to the editor that were very critical of the legalization of marijuana. One suggested marijuana use caused a fatal accident, and the other concerned marijuana being a gateway drug. I am no expert, but I thought I would share my research.

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