Timeline and regulator: The Marijuana for Medical Purposes Act will come into force on September 8, 2016 and will likely take at least one year to implement. Regulatory oversight will be divided among three agencies that will draft the rules after the effective date. The Commerce Department has until March 6, 2017 to issue rules to monitor growers and testing labs. The Board of Pharmacy, which will oversee the patient registry and pharmacies, and the State Medical Board of Ohio, which will oversee physicians, both have until Sept. 6, 2017, to create and pass rules. The state of Ohio has established a system of rules governing Ohio`s medical marijuana program. To make sure our patients fully understand the rules they must follow with their Ohio marijuana card, we have written a short article that covers the most important aspects of the program. Although medical marijuana patients are protected under Ohio`s medical marijuana control program, some medical marijuana rules and laws for 2021 still need to be followed to fully comply with the program. Legal protections: Registered patients and their designated caregivers are protected from arrest, prosecution and discrimination in detention. Registration status alone cannot be used as the basis for a drunk driving test, nor can patients be discriminated against when seeking an organ transplant or housing. Employers do not have to consider using on-site employees, but potential employers cannot opt out based on an individual`s registration status. Legal protection does not come into effect until the patient has received a registration card for medical cannabis.
Producers: The Department of Commerce will determine the number of breeders approved during the rule-making process based on anticipated demand. The Department will also establish requirements for sales semen tracking systems, accounting, monitoring and other security systems. Health insurance: Government medical assistance programs and private insurers are not required to reimburse costs associated with the use of cannabis for medical purposes or costs associated with an employer`s obligation to arrange for the use of cannabis for medical purposes in the workplace. If you have any further questions about Ohio`s medical marijuana laws, the Board of Pharmacy of Ohio website has a full breakdown. There is a 90-day supply law: most states do not limit the amount of marijuana they can buy from patients in a given period of time. Ohio does, although the amounts are generally lower than what the majority of patients use. Basically, in Ohio, you can buy 90 “units” of products in 90 days. Each product is assigned a certain number of days, for example, a small glass of flowers is worth 2-3 days, while a standard spray pen or edible pack is worth 1 day. Having closely followed Ohio`s medical marijuana laws as a medical marijuana physician in Cincinnati, I have discussed these laws with my patients many times. Here are some of the laws you should be aware of if you are considering becoming a patient or if you are a current marijuana patient. The State Council of Pharmacy will process the recommendation and add you to the patient registry.
Ohio`s laws have changed significantly in a more permissive direction over the past decade. However, marijuana remains illegal in many cases, and nuances matter. What you don`t know can still hurt you in criminal court. You will receive a signed letter from the doctor as a placeholder until you upload the official Ohio marijuana card from the Ohio Pharmacy Board. The signed letter of recommendation cannot be used to access a dispensary, but it can be used as secondary proof that you are a licensed medical marijuana patient in Ohio. If the patient turns 18, they must renew at that time or wait until the end of annual coverage. Many people don`t carry kitchen scales with them. You may think you have less than 100 grams with you, but what if it`s more? Some police/prosecutors may be lenient, but others are eager to accuse all they can. If you`ve been arrested for a marijuana offence, don`t assume things will work out on their own.
Contact an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible. Being an Ohio resident is mandatory: As we mentioned earlier, crossing state borders is prohibited by state laws. This comes into play with our close neighbors Kentucky and Indiana. Despite these states` proximity to us, residents of these states cannot become medical marijuana patients in Ohio. It`s strange to see another state away from your clinic and realize they can`t access the medical care you provide. Proof of residency includes a valid (not expired) Ohio driver`s license, Ohio State ID, or passport with an Ohio address. Cannabis flowers are available, but only for vaporization: Many of those considering Ohio`s medical marijuana program believe they don`t carry the floral or plant form of the plant.