This September 2020, it will be years since the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP) was kicked off into law. OSU Drug Enforcement and Policy Center has a project is to survey medical marijuana patients and potential patients to evaluate their experiences and satisfaction with OMMCP to date.
They want to hear from you. If you are currently using marijuana for medical reasons, whether with or without an official recommendation from a doctor, we want to hear from you. Your responses will help OSU fill in a critical gap in the center's understanding of the medical marijuana program in Ohio. Please complete this survey by clicking on the button below and share this email with your networks. The deadline was Friday, July 10th. Ohio Patient Network is in full support of the survey.
The Survey was generated by the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center
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Ohio Patient Network (OPN) earliest organizational friendship is with Americans for Safe Access (ASA), and so we are asking Ohio Medical Marijuana Card Holders to participate in the ASA's annual survey to help generate the State of the States report. This report analyzes medical cannabis programs throughout the United States on how they are best serving patients. In this report, ASA evaluates dozens of criteria across five areas of patient access and give each program an A-F score. The information gathered will help ASA identify gaps between laws and regulations, as written, and the experience of patients in the state. The short survey is closed and a report and result is being prepared by Americans for Safe Access
Four Years ago, Medical Marijuana was signed into Ohio law, It still needs a lot of work! As the Executive Director of Ohio Patient Network (OPN), I testified more than anyone else, was asked more questions by the legislators, and have continued to push the bureaucrats running the program to make it even better. But as I have said, there is a lot more work to do! You can help by speaking up to the legislative candidates that are running for office this fall. You can also help OPN by making a tax-deductible donation or by adding Ohio Patient Network to your Amazon account using their donation program at Smile.Amazon.com, and they will make a small donation based upon purchases. Best Wishes to all, and let us all work to make this law a better one for all of Ohio.
Frankly, it should just be legalized.
Below are a few items of note for the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program. The most important right now is that CTR doctors can use Telemedicine during the ongoing Coronavirus situation.
1) The State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO, Medical Board) met on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and voted on allowing Physicians to respond and provide essential health care during the COVID-19 pandemic use of Telemedicine for renewal or making recommendations. As of March 18, 2020, the Medical Board suspended enforcement of any regulations requiring in-person visits between providers and patients.
2) The 90 day supply issue was supposed to have been simplified by this time, but it appears that it has not.
3) The last is important for those whose recommendations are to expire soon. You may not be able to purchase any Medical Marijuana even though your card says it not expired. The expiration date on your card is not the same as the original recommendation. For instance, if your card expires on 4/30/2020, but your initial recommendation from your doctor was on 4/15/2019, and then if you attempt to purchase on 4/20/2020, you will be denied. This is another example of the convoluted and frustrating rules here in Ohio.
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