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 can be found at www.safeaccessnow.org/2020survey
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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