COLUMBUS, Ohio — The landscape has changed since Gov. John Kasich signed Ohio’s medical marijuana law one year ago today.
Details of the new, tightly-controlled program began rolling out in November. The state began accepting applications for 24 grow licenses on Monday, and other businesses are preparing to apply for dispensary and processor licenses in a few months.
Several cities and villages that passed moratoriums or temporary bans on marijuana businesses have decided to allow them, usually after being approached by a potential business promising jobs and tax revenue.
But much remains the same.
Patients still can’t buy legal marijuana here, and doctors can’t become certified to recommend it. No licenses have been awarded to marijuana cultivators, processors, testing labs or dispensaries. Some details about the program are still unknown.
Here’s where we stand.
A two-year process
The law, which went into effect in September, set the framework for the medical marijuana program: patients with one of 21 medical conditions could buy and use marijuana if recommended to them by a physician. Smoking marijuana and growing it at home were not allowed in the law. [Read more at cleveland.com]