On June 8th Governor Kasich signed HB523, Ohio’s medical Marijuana law and became effective September 8th. OPN strongly advises patients to talk to their physician and get a recommendation as soon as possible; having a recommendation provides a moderate level of legal protection, so do not wait. We have heard a lot of patients say their doctors have to wait. Doctor's always could make a recommendation, there is no law saying they can not do so.
Important Note This law specifies that there is a bona fide relationship between the doctor and patient. This was added to prevent California style docs writing medical marijuana recommendations just for money. The important thing about getting a recommendation now and not later in 2017 or 2018 is that it give you a level of legal protection if you get into a law enforcement encounter. Ohio Patients with one of those 20 conditions (see list at the end of this article) have every right to use cannabis for their condition, now that the law is in effect. If your medical condition is suitable, OPN strongly suggests you have a discussion with your physician in a friendly non-confrontational manner.
Suggestions for talking to your medical doctor:
1) Gather up and organize all your medical records, including your current medications.
2)Keep a master copy of your medical records, and always get a copy of any paperwork you sign.
3)Gather credible information about your condition and the use of cannabis (AKA marijuana).
4)Establish or have an ongoing relationship with a local doctor.
5)Provide them with your records (if a new doctor).
6)Leave your fear at home, your talk with your doctor is private.
7)Be open and honest in your discussion.
8)Discuss the benefits that cannabis has for your condition.
9)Consider including your current methods of use (inhalation, sublingual, topical, ingestion etc.).
10)Then bring up asking for a medical marijuana recommendation.
Here is link to a suggested recommendation form that has been reviewed and is fully compliant with HB523/Section 6. Note: "shopping" for a doctor to obtain a medical marijuana recommendation is not like what you may have heard about California. Don't expect to see advertisements or list of Medical Marijuana docs.
Be informed about cannabis can do for you. Explore our website, we have a number of condition pamphlets and information. As an example, here is a link of our chronic pain found in our website condition Pamphlet menu.
Please keep us informed of any issues or if you have questions via our info email. Here is a list of qualifying conditions as specified in Ohio Medical Marijuana HB523 - Crohn’s disease; Epilepsy or another seizure disorder; Fibromyalgia; Hepatitis C; Inflammatory bowel disease; Multiple sclerosis; Chronic and Severe Pain, Intractable pain, CTE, Parkinson’s disease, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Sickle cell anemia, Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS/HIV), Alzheimer’s disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Cancer, Tourette’s syndrome, Traumatic brain injury (TBI), and Ulcerative colitis.
Best wishes for your health.