Medical marijuana becomes legal Thursday in Ohio.
But there are just a few problems.
There are no marijuana crops because there are no growers. There are no processors, testing labs or dispensaries to sell a product that doesn’t yet exist.
And even if all those things were in place, patients would have to get a “recommendation” (a prescription is illegal under federal law) from a physician. No Ohio physicians have been certified by the state to recommend medical marijuana to patients.
And so the wait begins, up to two years, while rules are worked out, employees hired and licenses issued.
While the law does not specify that people with qualifying medical conditions must obtain marijuana in Ohio, that is the presumption, said Mike Griffaton, an attorney with the Vorys law firm in Columbus. [Read more at The Columbus Dispatch]