Update on the registry and dipensaries
As you probably know, medical marijuana became legal in Ohio this past September, despite the fact that there were no dispensaries or legal way to purchase or use marijuana. Being a medical marijuana doctor in a state with no marijuana has been interesting to say the least. It looks like there is some progress, though. I received an email from the Ohio Medical Marijuana Program this week saying that the registry should be open within a few weeks. I’ve posted the relevant portion below.
This is certainly encouraging. Opening the patient registry means that official Ohio medical marijuana cards will be available to patients who have seen a physician with a certificate to recommend. The registry card offers significantly more protection than the existing affirmative defense law for medical marijuana patients. My experience with medical marijuana in other states suggest that the initially available marijuana will be limited in both quantity and variety. This is somewhat frustrating from the physician side of things because we work hard to make very specific recommendations about CBD ratios, strain dominance, and terpene profiles to treat specific conditions and symptoms with cannabis and it is likely that our patients will not initially be able to purchase exactly what we recommend.
Nonetheless, if you are interested in having your card as soon as the dispensaries are open, consider making an appointment with your physician soon. We will be filing for our patient’s cards soon after the registry opens. If you have questions about Ohio’s medical marijuana program or the services that we offer, you can contact us using the “contact us” tab on the website. We do our best to provide current accurate information free of charge.