Ohio dispensary conducts medical marijuana research

Published Dec 27, 2019 10:00 a.m. ET
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Ohio made medical marijuana legal in 2016, and yet there has not been very many dispensaries or grow sites approved. This has slowed down the expansion that the cannabis industry was hoping for, and so far, Ohio has only ten doctors that can authorize a medical card for precise reasons that are listed below:

  • Aids
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Alzheimer's
  • Cancer
  • Chrones disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinsons
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Spinal cord disease or injury
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Ulcerative colitis

Most people are still getting their medical cards online in Ohio. Having a medical marijuana card gives patients some protection as marijuana is still illegal at the federal level. Only a few dispensaries have opened and the few that are currently only offer dry buds. You can vape or use the buds in baked goods, but it is still illegal to smoke it. Hmmm, that’s a definite grey area for sure! Ohio is hoping to see tinctures and oils available in the not too far future that will open up doors for both dispensaries and the cardholders. Most are still only cash transactions with taxes due at the end of the day in cash.

Eight universities have been given the go-ahead to conduct medical marijuana research in Ohio. Cannabis business will benefit from these kinds of credible studies that will be provided by the universities in regards the medical marijuana and its benefits. Federal funding is the biggest problem when it comes to studies such as this. It’s challenging to obtain because cannabis is still not legal federally, and that makes research almost impossible to do in the United States.

Each of the universities will be working with a marijuana company that has a super licence that will include a grow site and six storefronts. This opportunity is going to provide some fantastic research materials for both medical marijuana and for the hopes of legalizing recreational cannabis. The storefronts will be of much value for research, as the clients are sure to be giving feedback on the product and the results they have individually for things like pain or sleep disorders. This analysis is critical in helping move forward into general acceptance of the lovely cannabis plant and all its medicinal properties.

Ohio’s growth

The state has a count of 25 licenced growers, and that is a delightful victory for PharmaCann. Ohio has, up to this point, had a pretty small marijuana program, but that has changed with the new number of growers in the state.This is an exciting time for Ohio and the world with all of the research that is going to be happening over the next while. The cannabis science that is going to be rapidly unfolding right before our eyes is about to get mind-boggling.

With time and patience, hopefully, we will see more states making cannabis legal and more dispensaries opening up for business. Support from the federal government would open up a whole new avenue of hope for many growers, patients and recreational enthusiasts. This is the time of change in the cannabis sector. Our governments cannot avoid the many uses of the marijuana plant for much longer. There is just so much good that can come from legal cannabis.

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