CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Although it’s been legal for a while now, Wednesday marked the first day of medical marijuana sales in Ohio.
A local dispensary is among those preparing for all the people waiting to get medication.
A booklet being handed out at The Botanist in Canton contains almost everything you need or want to know about cannabis.
In most states in 2019, it’s illegal to use without it being recommended by a doctor.
However, it’s good to go for medical treatment for 21 conditions in almost half the states in America, including here in Ohio.
There are already 8,000 Ohioans with medical marijuana cards.
Doctors certified by the state have to recommend (not prescribe) the natural drug to people suffering from any one of 21 approved aliments.
Here are the qualifying 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; Ulcerative colitis.
There are different strain profiles of cannabinoids to treat the aforementioned ailments. For now though, only the flowers or buds will be available until the processors have produced other forms of medical marijuana for sale.
“Everything from plant material, all the way through eatables, creams, patches and then oil cartridges for vape pens,” said Dave Neundorfer, the CEO of the The Botanist. “High cannabin dial with low THC will actually have minimized psycho-active impact. You won’t feel as what is know as the high from that product. That would be great for chronic pain.”
The medically-approved cannabis will be very different than the stuff one can now buy illegally on the street.
Kate Nelson is the Chief Operating Officer of Greenleaf and The Botanist cannabis dispensaries with five locations in Ohio.
“All of our stores are managed and run by a designated representative whom is a doctor of pharmacy,” she said. "They’re able to purchase up to a 90-day quantity. Everything is broken down into whole day units and that is the minimum quantity they can purchase when they come into a dispensary.