By Derrick Stanley
Even though Ohio is not ready to open its first medical marijuana dispensaries yet, some patients in the state are already receiving medical marijuana.
Patients are going to the Holistic Center in Toledo where they are issued an affirmative defense card, which protects them from prosecution if stopped with marijuana in Ohio. They are then able to head north to Michigan to get medical marijuana.
We have doctors who are actually very passionate about providing alternative solutions to opioids," said Louis Johnson, of Omni Medical Services. “The state is still working out their infrastructure but the law says patients have the right to use marijuana and as long as a doctor certifies such then they have that right to do so," said Johnson.
There are several conditions that can qualify a patient in Ohio to use medical marijuana:
Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
Epilepsy or another seizure disorder
Inflammatory bowel disease
Pain that is either of the following:
Chronic and severe
Positive status for HIV
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Sickle cell anemia
Spinal cord disease or injury