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MarijuanaBottle_crop-(2).jpgMedical Marijuana is Now Officially Law in Ohio

Medical marijuana became official in Ohio on Sept. 8, 2016. But it may still be another two years before patients will gain access to the drug for medicinal purposes. 

The OSMA has requested further clarity from state regulators as to what actions physicians may be able to take under this law should they voluntarily want to consider recommending medical marijuana to a patient. The OSMA would advise physicians to wait until such clarity is available or the actual rules and regulations are promulgated before recommending medical marijuana in any situation. 

While Ohio’s medical marijuana law became effective on Sept. 8, 2016, the statute requires a number of rules and regulations to be drafted and applied before a physician is able to recommend the drug as part of a patient’s clinical treatment. State regulators have said that it may take between 12 and 24 months from the law’s effective date before those rules and regulations are complete. 
Some physicians or their patients may also inquire about the law’s ‘affirmative defense’ provision which allows a physician to certify that a patient has a qualifying medical condition under Ohio’s law that would allow the drug to potentially be obtained immediately in other states where medical marijuana is legal. However, the Ohio law also states that a physician can take such action only after state regulators have implemented a certification process. That process has not yet been established.

Get Involved:

>> View recording of OSMA's August 18 "House Call" Virtual Meeting

Resources About the Law:

>> State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy
Medical Marijuana Resources

>> Ohio's Medical Marijuana Control Program

>> Read OSMA's Statement from Sept. 8, 2016
‚Äč>> Medical Marijuana Impact on Ohio BWC
>> FSMB Model Guidelines for Recommending Medical Marijuana
>> Read Language of House Bill 523
>> Read Press Release from April 13, 2016
>> Read Press Release from April 20, 2016

Related News: (Oct. 20, 2016):
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New York Times (Sept. 8, 2016):
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Plain Dealer (Sept. 8, 2016):
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Toledo Blade (Sept. 4, 2016):
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Dispatch (Aug. 8, 2016):
Ohio issues first information on medical marijuana program

Plain Dealer (Aug. 6, 2016):
Ohio seeks expert on marijuana cultivation but wants drug-free firm (June 9, 2016):
John Kasich just legalized medical marijuana in Ohio. Now what? (June 8, 2016):
Gov. John Kasich signs medical marijuana bill into law (May 28, 2016):
Marijuana Policy Project drops Ohio medical marijuana initiative (May 26, 2016):
Ohio lawmakers pass medical marijuana bill, sending it to Gov. John Kasich

Columbus Dispatch (May 6, 2016):
Brian Bachelder commentary: Doctors must improve efforts to fight addiction

Akron Beacon Journal (April 26, 2016)
Pot and the Logic of Legalization  

Plain Dealer (April 21, 2016): 
5 things the Ohio State Medical Association likes about the medical marijuana bill

Dispatch (April 21, 2016):
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Dispatch (April 20, 2016):
Questions fill Ohio House committee’s first hearing on medical marijuana bill

WEWS-TV, Cleveland (April 14, 2016): 
Ohio lawmakers officially join push for medical marijuana

Plain Dealer (April 14, 2016):
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Enquirer (April 13, 2016):
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Plain Dealer (April 13, 2016):
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For more information:

Contact Reggie Fields, Director of Communications & External Affairs • (614) 527-6726



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