38 Ohio doctors approved in August to recommend medical marijuana

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Another 38 physicians were certified this week to recommend medical marijuana in Ohio.

Currently, 222 physicians have active certificates to recommend cannabis to patients with one of 21 medical conditions. That’s a far cry from what industry experts say will be necessary to serve an estimated 200,000 patients. State regulators expect Ohio’s program will start with far fewer patients and say more physicians will sign on as the program grows.

All currently certified doctors can be found in a searchable database on cleveland.com. Click this link to find a certified doctor by name or zip code.

The database is updated monthly after the medical board approves physicians’ applications for the certification. Participating physicians must hold an active, unrestricted MD or DO license from the Ohio State Medical Board and complete two hours of continuing education credits about cannabis and Ohio’s qualifying medical conditions.

Patients will register for Ohio’s program through doctors, who must sign off on several requirements:

  • The doctor has a bona fide relationship with the patient,
  • The patient has a qualifying condition,
  • The doctor has discussed the pros and cons of marijuana use and has reviewed the patient’s history in the state’s controlled substances database.

Ohio’s patient registry was supposed to go live last month but was put on hold because marijuana won’t be available to patients in early September as planned.

Three of the 26 businesses chosen to grow medical marijuana have passed final inspections and been allowed to start growing plants. Buckeye Relief LLC in Eastlake planted its first seeds last week and expects its first harvest to be on dispensary shelves in January.

 

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