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What’s The Deal With Medical Marijuana In Columbus?

If you’ve been wondering, “when the heck is medical marijuana going to be available”, you aren’t the only one.

The state blew right past it’s early September deadline, and it doesn’t seem like they are in any hurry to catch up. But slowly, changes are coming about. The first cultivation facility, Cresco Labs, opened earlier this week in Yellow Springs. Additionally, nearly 250 doctors around the state have been certified to prescribe medical marijuana to patients.

The closest growing facility to Columbus will be PharmaCon near Buckeye Lake. The company also grows cannabis in Illinois, New York, and Massachusetts. They are expected to be operational in 2019.

What’s going on with CBD?

Near the end of the summer, news broke that the State of Ohio considered cannabidiol based products, aka products containing CBD, were illegal. Although the state maintains that has always been their position, CBD has made a name for itself in the health and fitness world. The products most commonly found around the Buckeye state are derived from hemp, not cannabis. But in Ohio, there is no separation between the two plants.

CBD will be legally sold through the states medical marijuana program when it officially launches.

What kind of medical marijuana will be available?

Here are the only forms of medical marijuana you’ll be able to grab at the shop:

Plant Material

The law prohibits smoking or combustion methods, but it does allow vaping. Of course, none of your edibles can “look attractive to children.”

Approved doctors within 25 miles of Downtown Columbus

Brian CarlisleColumbus
Adil KatabayDublin
Andrew Dagg-MurryBaltimore
Andrew KowalewskyColumbus
Ann Marie RogersNew Albany
Arthur ArmstrongColumbus
Azam ShahNew Albany
Bernard MasterWorthington
Bridget WilliamsDublin
Charles Von GuntenColumbus
Charles MayColumbus
Christina TulenkoPowell
Daniel JonesColumbus
David WhittNew Albany
Eric FeteDublin
Faisal RahmanDublin
Francisco GarabisColumbus
George CallowayWesterville
Gina Love-WalkerPickerington
Inam KhanDublin
Joel SimmonsColumbus
Julianne MoyColumbus
Kalyan LingamPowell
Kelly KiehmColumbus
Kevin DonlonDublin
Louis BowmanDublin
Maria Perea BarbosaPickerington
Maria SotoColumbus
Mark StanleyNew Albany
Mark HatfieldGahanna
Mark TaylorColumbus
Matthew LoweHilliard
Michael AlexanderDublin
Michael StretanskiSunbury
Michael SaribalasColumbus
Mohammed EdwardsGahanna
Orin HallGahanna
Patrick MuffleyLewis Center
Ranjana SinhaDublin
Robert PoliteBlacklick
Robert FloreaGrove City
Ryan WilliamsDublin
Sachida ManochaDublin
Sarah BlakeColumbus
Satya BharmotaDublin
Sharrie RayWesterville
Shelley BlackburnColumbus
Steven SchneiderDublin
Theresa HomColumbus
Thomas MccartneyNew Albany
Thomas WankoPowell
Ugoala BanksGrove City
Victor TrianfoDublin
Xequiel HernandezColumbus
Yeshwant ReddyColumbus

Approved 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, and ulcerative colitis are all approved for medical marijuana treatments.

If you would like to petition the State to add a new qualifying medical condition to the approved list, you can do so between November 1 and December 31, 2018.

When will medical marijuana actually be available?

With the process for obtaining both cultivating and processing licenses slowed down, residents counting on medical marijuana should prepare themselves for a wait. Cannabis plants take about 4-5 months to mature, and no one can grow anything until facilities are approved. Some facilities around the state are hoping to harvest plants starting in December. The annual fee for a patient registration is $50.

For more info about The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program, please visit their website here.

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