Ohio is still months away from opening medical cannabis dispensaries to patients. But the state is taking steps to ensure that when sales begin, every aspect of the program is in place.
Since April, the Ohio State Medical Board has been reviewing applications from physicians seeking approval to recommend medical marijuana. So far, the board has approved 185 physicians, adding 46 doctors to the growing list on Wednesday
What It Takes To Become a Physician Who Can Recommend Medical Marijuana in Ohio
Before certified physicians can make a medical cannabis recommendation, they have to do their homework.
First, doctors must complete two credit hours of continuing education on medical cannabis and the state’s qualifying medical conditions.
But the requirements go further. In addition to their education requirements, any recommending physician must certify in writing that they have a real relationship with their patient.
That requirement alone could limit access to legal medical cannabis for patients who don’t go to one of the 185 approved physicians.
Approved doctors are also required to dig into their patients’ substance use histories. Beyond discussing the pros and cons of cannabis use, doctor’s must also check whether their patient has a history in Ohio’s controlled