COLUMBUS, Ohio — Another 38 physicians were certified this week to recommend medical marijuana in Ohio.
Currently, 222 physicians have active certificates to recommend cannabis to patients with one of 21 medical conditions. That’s a far cry from what industry experts say will be necessary to serve an estimated 200,000 patients. State regulators expect Ohio’s program will start with far fewer patients and say more physicians will sign on as the program grows.
All currently certified doctors can be found in a searchable database on cleveland.com. Click this link to find a certified doctor by name or zip code.
The database is updated monthly after the medical board approves physicians’ applications for the certification. Participating physicians must hold an active, unrestricted MD or DO license from the Ohio State Medical Board and complete two hours of continuing education credits about cannabis and Ohio’s qualifying medical conditions.
Patients will register for Ohio’s program through doctors, who must sign off on several requirements:
- The doctor has a bona fide relationship with the patient,
- The patient has a qualifying condition,
- The doctor has discussed the pros and cons of marijuana use and has reviewed the patient’s history in the state’s controlled substances database. [Read More @ Cleveland.com]