Answers to some common questions.
As Ohio’s Medical Marijuana dispensaries begin to open and medical marijuana becomes a legal treatment option for patients across the state, we are seeing more and more patients and many of them have similar questions. I want to address a few of them here.
“Do I have to have a referral?”
No. You do not have to have a referral from another physician. At Stillwater we ask that you notify your physician that you are using medical marijuana and we encourage you to have your doctor discuss it with us if they have any questions about how it works or any interactions with other medications. Our first priority is your safety and we are careful to make sure that marijuana is safe in the context of your use, but many doctors are poorly informed about marijuana and continue to have misconceptions about its medicinal uses. Part of our mission is to spread good information about the power and safety of medical marijuana and we are happy to discuss it with any type of doctor, healer, or wellness practitioner that is also taking care of you.
“What records do I have to bring?”
At a minimum, we need a list of current medications, supplement, and any drug allergies. Any records that support your qualifying diagnosis are very helpful and can make it easier for you to meet the requirements for a card. For pain related complaints, or for patients who do not have a doctor currently, records are less important. We are always happy to talk to you before your appointment to make sure that you have what you will need to qualify.
“If I don’t get a card, do I still have to pay?”
No. The $20 scheduling fee is nonrefundable, but if you do not receive a card, there is no additional charge. It is rare for someone to not qualify for a card and if you have accurately filled out the pre-scheduling form, then you will likely qualify for a medical marijuana card without difficulty.
“When will more dispensaries open?” and “What will marijuana cost?”
Unfortunately the answers to these questions is that we are not sure. I predict more dispensaries opening throughout February and prices falling as supply increases.
“If I have a card, can i just keep buying recreational marijuana?”
Legally, no. But the odds of legal action are certainly less once you have your card. That being said, if your goal is to use marijuana for medicinal reasons, it is generally wiser to buy marijuana from a dispensary. Recreational marijuana rarely contains CBD, has unpredictable levels of THC, can be grown with pesticides and diesel residues, and common strain names do not accurately reflect terpene profiles. Ideally, we would all have access to certified seeds and strains and be able to grow our own marijuana, but that is not currently allowed.