Ohio's Medical Marijuana Program

Ohio’s medical marijuana law officially takes effect today, but there aren’t any cultivation operations up and running yet to produce the herb, nor are there any dispensaries ready to open their doors for patients looking to purchase cannabis products.

In fact, the full scale of the state’s newfound medical marijuana program is not expected to be realized until sometime in 2018.

But fortunately, there are some protections contained in the new law that will allow patients to get their hands on the medicine they need while the state hashes out the details.

When Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 523 earlier this year -- a move that made Ohio the 25th state in the country to legalize a comprehensive medical marijuana program – the law came with a condition that allows patients with a recommendation from a state-licensed doctor to obtain cannabis products from a legal state – like neighboring Michigan.