Ohio Accepting Physician Applications To Prescribe Medical Marijuana

Ohio’s medical board has just begun accepting applications from physicians willing to recommend marijuana as a treatment.

The State Medical Board says that eligible applicants have to hold an active and unrestricted license as an M.D. or doctor of osteopathic medicine. Although the law was passed in 2016, medical marijuana won’t become available to patients until September 8.

If applying physicians are successful, they will then complete two hours of continuing education about qualifying medical conditions, treating those conditions with marijuana, and potential drug interactions.

Although medical marijuana is still illegal on a federal level, Ohio’s law allows people with one of the following conditions to use marijuana as treatment.

Approved conditions include 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.

Physicians interested in applying with the state medical board can click here.

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