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Medical Marijuana in Ohio

Ohio’s Permitted Medical Use of Marijuana(HB 523)

  • Began September 8, 2016 (25th state to legalize)

  • Must be fully operational by September, 2018

  • General guidelines by legislature

  • Rules created by:

      o State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy

      o Ohio Department of Commerce

      o State of Ohio Medical Board

Recommendation made by physician (not prescribed)

  • Physician must participate in training prior to recommending

  • Physician cannot recommend for themselves

  • No age restriction (children must have parent approval)

  • Physicians will track through OARRS (prescription reporting system)

      o For following conditions

           AIDS

           ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)

           Alzheimer’s disease

           Cancer

           Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (Concussion syndrome)

           Crohn’s Disease

           Epilepsy or other seizure disorder

           Fibromyalgia

           Glaucoma

           Hepatitis C

           Inflammatory Bowel Disease

           Multiple Sclerosis

           Chronic or Severe Pain

           Parkinson’s Disease

           Positive HIV Status

           Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

           Sickle Cell Anemia

           Spinal Cord Disease

           Tourette’s Syndrome

           Traumatic Brain Injury

           Ulcerative Colitis

Permitted Medical Use of Marijuana Dispensaries

  • Distributed through dispensaries (not pharmacies)

  • Cannot be located within 500 feet of school, church or public library, etc.

  • Individuals will not be permitted to grow at home

Forms of Marijuana

  • THC: 35% plant matter or 70% concentrates (significantly higher THC than in the past)

  • Smoking is not permitted

  • Vaping is allowed (e-cigs can be used to vape marijuana)

  • Edibles such as marijuana-infused medical gummy bears are allowed

  • "Keef" which is a ground marijuana product that is sprinkled on food

  • Tincture, which is a THC infused liquid that you can take or put into a beverage or coffee to get high


  • Employers will still be able to enforce their drug free workplace policies.

  • They will still be able to fire a person for marijuana use

  • Employee will not be eligible for unemployment benefits

Marijuana in the Community

  • Increased ability for youth to obtain marijuana easily in their community

  • Increase in adult marijuana use as well as youth marijuana use

      o States with medical marijuana laws have shown a 3.43% increase in youth use

      o Colorado has shown an 8.48% increase in adult use from 2006 – 2011

  • Will employers be able to find workers who can pass drug screen tests?

      o Marijuana is the number one drug detected in workplace illicit-drug testing.

         Among the 7.1 million drug tests for the combined U.S. Workforce conducted by Quest Diagnostics:

           55% of positive drug tests were for marijuana

           14.6% for cocaine

           9.3% for amphetamines

  • Traffic safety

      o Colorado: Legalized medical and recreational marijuana

           2006-2011 – Traffic fatalities involving drivers testing positive for marijuana increased 114%

           2006 – positive for marijuana -28% of fatal vehicle crashes involving drugs

           2011 – positive for marijuana – 56% of fatal vehicle crashes involving drugs

  • Accidental ingestion of edibles by very young children or pets

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