The Legalization Of Canabis In Ohio: What You Need To Know?

The Legalization Of Canabis In Ohio: What You Need To Know?

In recent years, there has been growing movement to legalize canabis for both medical and recreational use in many states across the United States. Ohio is one of those states, and in 2016, the state passed legislation legalizing medical marijuana. Since then, there has been much debate over whether or not to legalize recreational canabis in Ohio. This article will take look at the current state of Ohiocanabis legalization and what you need to know about it.

Medical Marijuana In Ohio

In 2016, Ohio became the 25th state in the US to legalize medical marijuana. The state’s medical marijuana program is overseen by Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP), which regulates the cultivation, processing, and dispensing of medical marijuana. The program allows patients with qualifying medical conditions to obtain medical marijuana card, which allows them to purchase and use medical marijuana products.

Qualifying medical conditions for Ohio’s medical marijuana program include:

  • AIDS
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Cancer
  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy or another seizure disorder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Positive status for HIV
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Spinal cord disease or injury
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Ulcerative colitis

To obtain a medical marijuana card in Ohio, patients must first obtain a recommendation from a physician who is certified by the state to recommend medical marijuana. Patients can then apply for a medical marijuana card through the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program’s website.

Once patients have obtained a medical marijuana card, they have access to a variety of medical marijuana products, including:

  • Flower (the dried and cured form of the canabis plant)
  • Edibles (foods and drinks infused with canabis)
  • Tinctures (liquid canabis extracts)
  • Topicals (canabis-infused creams, lotions, and balms)
  • Vape cartridges (canabis oil cartridges for use with vaporizers)

Recreational Canabis In Ohio

Medical marijuana is legal in Ohio, recreational canabis is still illegal. However, there has been growing support for recreational canabis legalization in the state. A 2020 poll conducted by Quinnipiac University found that 58% of Ohio voters support the legalization of recreational canabis.

Proponents of recreational canabis legalization argue that it would create jobs, generate tax revenue, and reduce the burden on law enforcement. However, opponents of legalization argue that it could lead to increased use among young people and could have negative public health effects.

Currently, there are no ballot initiatives or legislative efforts to legalize recreational canabis in Ohio. However, lawmakers have introduced several bills that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of canabis. These bills would reduce possession of up to 100 grams of canabis from a misdemeanor to a minor misdemeanor, punishable by fine of up to $150.

Impact Of Canabis Legalization In Ohio

The legalization of medical marijuana in Ohio has had a significant impact on the state’s economy and healthcare system. According to report from the Ohio Department of Commerce, the state’s medical marijuana program generated $175.8 million in sales in 2020, its second year of operation. This has created jobs and generated tax revenue for the state.

In addition, the legalization of medical marijuana has provided patients with an alternative treatment option for a variety of medical conditions. Patients who use medical marijuana report improvements in their symptoms, including pain, anxiety, and depression.

However, the legalization of recreational canabis in Ohio would have even greater impact on the state’s economy and healthcare system. According to a report from the Marijuana Policy Project, legalizing recreational canabis in Ohio could generate up to $554 million in tax revenue per year, create thousands of jobs, and reduce the burden on law enforcement.

Furthermore, the legalization of recreational canabis could have a positive impact on public health. According to study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, states with legal recreational canabis have seen a reduction in opioid overdose deaths. This is because canabis can be used as a substitute for opioids for pain management.