Nearly a dozen Valley physicians have received the stamp of approval to recommend medical marijuana to patients across the state.
As of now, 10 Valley doctors are certified through the Ohio Pharmacy Board and State Medical Board, with specialties ranging from anesthesiology, internal medicine, psychiatry, and family medicine.
The list of doctors includes:
Lists of additional prescribers licensed to recommend medical marijuana are expected to be released on a monthly basis as applications get approved, according to the State Medical Board.
In order to be licensed to provide medical marijuana referrals, physicians must hold an active, unrestricted MD or DO license from the State Medical Board of Ohio.
Additionally, physicians who apply will need to complete at least two hours of continuing medical education that will assist in diagnosing qualifying conditions, treating those conditions with medical marijuana and possible drug interactions.
Doctors will then need to renew their licenses when their license to practice as a physician or osteopathic physician is renewed or restored. For renewal, they must also complete two-hours of continuing education classes in medical marijuana annually.
Those who to apply to become certified recommenders for medical marijuana cannot have any part in the ownership or an investment interest with medical marijuana companies, dispensaries, or cultivators.
Certified physicians may recommend medical marijuana only for the treatment of a qualifying medical condition.
Under Ohio law, all of the following are qualifying medical conditions:
Patients who wish to use medical marijuana will need to see a certified physician who will assess the patient's need, and if deemed necessary, make a recommendation to the state officials.
Patients who are approved will then be issued a medical marijuana card, approving them for use, consumption, and possession of certain medicinal marijuana products.
Medicinal marijuana can only be obtained through a state authorized dispensary, and will only be offered in forms like tinctures, oils, or edibles.
Ohio's medical marijuana program was scheduled to begin in September, however, earlier this summer state officials announced that the program would not be ready to begin by then.