Ohio Medical Cannabis

The residents of Ohio have spoken, and on September 8th, 2016 House Bill 523 took effect which authorized the use of medical marijuana for 20 specific medical diseases and creates a control program. Governor John Kasich signed the bill which makes Ohio the 25th State in the US to allow the medicinal use of marijuana. House Bill 523 implements a strict and regulated marijuana process from the consumer to dispensing to growing and processing. The program oversaw by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, Department of Commerce and the State Medical Board and will receive recommendations from a bipartisan 13-member Medical Marijuana Advisory Board. The regulatory agencies and the advisory board still have their work cut out, but the goal is to have the program up and running within two years.

Cannabis ConsultingWhat’s In The Ohio Medical Marijuana Program

Although home-growing is still banned in Ohio, residents suffering from one of 20 specific medical conditions or diseases can get a recommendation from a licensed physician and purchase the medication from a licensed dispensary. The 20 approved medical conditions are as follow:

  • AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Alzheimer’s disease,
  • Cancer,
  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy,
  • Crohn’s disease,
  • Epilepsy or another seizure disorder,
  • Fibromyalgia,
  • Glaucoma,
  • Hepatitis C,
  • Inflammatory bowel disease,
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS),
  • Pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable,
  • Parkinson’s disease,
  • Positive status for HIV,
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PSD),
  • Sickle cell anemia,
  • Spinal cord disease or injury,
  • Tourette’s syndrome,
  • Traumatic brain injury,
  • Ulcerative colitis

The approved forms and methods of consumption of medical marijuana in Ohio are as follows:

  • oils,
  • tinctures,
  • plant material,
  • edibles,
  • patches,
  • and any other form approved by the Board of Pharmacy

No form of medical marijuana that appears attractive to children is allowed.  Smokeable marijuana products are also prohibited, however vaporizing is allowed.

Ohio Marijuana Consulting

Due to the complexity of the bill and the time needed to implement the program, if you are considering a new venture in Ohio’s legal medical marijuana industry should contact a professional medical marijuana consultant like Quantum 9. A qualified industry consultant like Quantum 9 will help guide a business through the hurdles of the qualification, application, and implementation process.  We specialize in executive team building, application writing, including SOP/GMPs for cultivation, processing, and dispensing, and application submission project management.


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Michael Mayes

About Michael Mayes

Michael Mayes is the founder and CEO of Quantum 9, Inc., a Chicago, IL-based cannabis consulting firm. We specialize in getting high net worth individuals and private equity cannabis business licenses to cultivate, manufacture and dispense marijuana. We have over 50 marijuana consultants that work for the company, and we have practiced in 12 countries. Our areas of expertise include permit acquisition, team building, employee training planning, and process planning. We help clients fully maximize the potential of any cannabis cultivation, processing, and dispensary business.

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