HB 523, effective September 8, 2016, legalizes medical marijuana in Ohio. The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program will allow people with certain medical conditions, upon the recommendation of an Ohio-licensed physician certified by the State Medical Board, to purchase and use medical marijuana.
While the legislation set a basic framework for the program, it left the task of establishing specific rules and guidelines for the cultivation, processing, testing, dispensing and medical use of marijuana to different state agencies. The roll-out of the formal system is expected to happen late 2017 or the following year. Only then will patients have safe, regulated access to medical cannabis and complete legal protections.
To get ahead and be prepared for when the state will start licensing marijuana businesses, you should:
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