State of Ohio Medical Marijuana Regulations
Governor John Kasich signed into law House Bill 523, which legalized medical marijuana in Ohio, effective September 8, 2016. The law requires the Ohio Department of Commerce and the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy to take all actions necessary to ensure that Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program is fully operational no later than September, 2018. At that time, there will be an established structure for Ohioans with a qualifying medical condition to obtain a recommendation for medical marijuana, purchase medical marijuana from a licensed dispensary, and consume medical marijuana.
Federal Marijuana Regulations
However, under the federal Controlled Substances Act, Congress has classified marijuana as a “Schedule I” drug. According to Congress, marijuana has the potential for abuse, has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the U.S., and has a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug under medical supervision.
Although medical marijuana has been legalized in the State of Ohio, possessing, using, distributing and/or selling marijuana are all federal crimes in the United States of America.