Many weed enthusiasts of the Buckeye state have the only question on their mind right now: “Is weed legal in Ohio?” Well, to claim that medical marijuana is legal in the state would be absolutely wrong according to Ohio resident Nicole Scholten. However, the first steps to marijuana legalization were taken on Sept. 8, 2016. On this day, Ohio became the 25th state to make cannabis use legal for treating specified medical conditions. The majority of Ohio residents have no idea how the newly accepted Ohio marijuana laws will actually work, at least because as of now, patients still have no legal way to buy the recently legalized substance. Bill 523, which legalizes medical marijuana use, defines some essential guidelines for them. Since the government of the state still has to improve the law, possessing cannabis is in a quasi-grey area right now. Patients can possess cannabis only if they satisfy a list of requirements. More than that, in order to possess marijuana legally, they must have a special prescription indicating the need for medical marijuana use. Additionally, the patients are required to be medically diagnosed with a specified medical condition. For now, patients with AIDS, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, PTSD, and severe pain are allowed to use marijuana immediately.
Ohio medical marijuana program
The state has two years to implement the new marijuana program. However, legalization advocates claim that there is no reason for the process to take so much time. At the same time, the representatives of Ohio Cannabis Association claim that patients have no protection when consuming marijuana. According to the requirements mentioned above, the patient has to get a prescription from a licensed doctor to have the right to purchase marijuana legally. With such uncertainty, it would be almost impossible to get such a letter; moreover, there are still no rules for growing and selling marijuana. They are still at the stage of development. Currently, the medical marijuana patients of Ohio still have to stay away from cannabis.