How the new medical marijuana law will work in Ohio

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CLEVELAND, Ohio– Medical marijuana will soon be legal in Ohio.

But don’t get that prescription from your doctor just yet.

House Bill 523, which Governor John Kasich signed into law back in June, will take effect in the Buckeye State on September 8.

Ohio representative Dan Ramos, one of the sponsors of the bill, says three government agencies will be laying out the plan over the next several months for the creation of the medical marijuana control program.

One-point-eight million dollars will now be used by the state pharmacy board, Department of Commerce and state medical board to register marijuana dispensaries, hire staff and manage patient-caregiver registration.

Patients would also have to qualify for certain medical conditions, including Alzheimer’s and MS, with written permission from a physician.

Scott Balog who supports medical marijuana use says, “The stories that I have heard, particularly involving younger children having seizures and that, you know if it helps them, I think it would be a good thing.”

For those wanting to own a dispensary, Rep. Ramos says it will be similar to obtaining a license to run a business; background checks will be conducted and the dispensary will have to be a certain distance away from schools.

Rep. Ramos adds, “It would not allow for home grow or small things; you have to basically be in the business of producing marijuana, specifically for medical purposes.”

Marijuana crops will be grown in Ohio, since federal law prohibits medical marijuana or any marijuana to cross state lines.

So dispensaries will have to wait for seeds to be planted and crops to be produced and cultivated, before selling to those who need it.

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