Don’t expect medical marijuana in Ohio for two more years

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2011, file photo, medical marijuana clone plants are shown at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Patients in Ohio will be able to use medical marijuana by September 2018, according to a new state website.

The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program says they will take all action to make sure the program is fully operational by September 2018, if not sooner.

The state says it will take two years in order to ensure the safety of the public and promote access to a safe product.

Much of the specifics about how to become a cultivator or dispensary are still under development.

Doctors recommending medical marijuana need to be certified by the State Medical Board of Ohio.

Under Ohio law, all of the following are qualifying medical conditions:

  • AIDS
  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • cancer, chronic traumatic encephalopathy
  • Crohn’s disease
  • epilepsy or another seizure disorder
  • fibromyalgia, glaucoma
  • hepatitis C
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • multiple sclerosis
  • pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • positive status for HIV
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • sickle cell anemia
  • spinal cord disease or injury
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • traumatic brain injury
  • ulcerative colitis.

Additional medical conditions can be added by petitioning the Medical Board. The petition process is under development.

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