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List of Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana Program Could Grow by Three

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Two of the medical conditions rejected for inclusion in Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program last year are getting another chance this year. An Ohio State Medical Board committee will, once again, consider anxiety and autism spectrum disorder as conditions for which marijuana could be recommended to patients. The committee will consider new information provided on those… Read More

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Kentucky Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana Advances

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Medical marijuana advocates have won an initial victory in trying to legalize medical cannabis in Kentucky. A legalization measure cleared the House Judiciary Committee on a 17-1 vote Wednesday. The committee room was filled with advocates who have pressed for years to legalize medical marijuana for people battling chronic pain and… Read More

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Changes Proposed for Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program

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Nearly 75,000 Ohioans have registered with the state to receive medical marijuana. Of those, just over 51,000 have actually purchased the product. Those involved with the program propose some changes they say will improve it for everyone. Erin Reed, the Board of Pharmacy’s Director of Medical Marijuana, says proposed changes to the program will make it work better…. Read More

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W. Va. to Open Medical Marijuana Business Applications

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Businesses hoping to break into West Virginia’s fledgling marijuana market will soon be able to apply for permits as growers, processors, dispensaries and laboratories. The state Bureau of Public Health says its Office of Medical Cannabis will open applications on Dec. 19. Applications are due by February 18 and will be… Read More

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Patient Advocate In Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Program Says It’s Too Bureaucratic

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An advocate for patients in Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Program says he thinks more needs to be done to better serve patients. And he thinks he’s being retaliated against for speaking out about those concerns. Bob Bridges was removed from the panel by House Speaker Larry Householder. “I was not a yes man or a yes… Read More

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Parents Of Kids With Autism, Anxiety Will Continue Fight For Medical Marijuana

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Earlier this week, a State Medical Board of Ohio committee decided there wasn’t enough scientific proof that medical marijuana would help with anxiety and autism spectrum disorder. That reversed a recommendation made earlier this summer by the committee that the drug be added to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana use in Ohio…. Read More

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Medical Board Delays Vote on New Conditions for Medical Cannabis

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The State Medical Board of Ohio has postponed a vote on adding anxiety and autism spectrum disorder to the state’s list of qualifying conditions for purchasing medical marijuana. Board President Dr. Michael Schottenstein said Wednesday the vote would be delayed to give two new board members time to consider expert reports…. Read More

Gummies for Sale at Some Ohio Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

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CINCINNATI (AP) – Edible gummies are finally available at some Ohio medical marijuana dispensaries. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports a limited amount of gummies went on sale late last week. Just two of Ohio’s 39 planned marijuana processing facilities thus far have been certified to produce edibles and other cannabis products. Only marijuana flowers had been… Read More

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Medical Marijuana for Autism, Anxiety?

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COLUMBUS — The State Medical Board’s Medical Marijuana Expert Review committee unanimously voted Wednesday to recommend two conditions be added to the list of qualify conditions that doctors can recommend be treated with medical marijuana. Autism spectrum disorder and anxiety would be added to the list of 21 existing conditions in the state’s Medical Marijuana Control… Read More

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Cannabis Economy: With Medical Marijuana, Ohio’s Meigs County Hopes To Cash In On “Golden” Opportunity

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Meigs County, Ohio, has a complicated history with marijuana. “Meigs County Gold” has been grown illegally for years. Local legend has it that was the strain of choice for musicians like the Grateful Dead and Willie Nelson when they toured Ohio. But for Meigs County Commissioner Randy Smith, that isn’t a source of pride. Instead… Read More

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CBD Uncertainty: Sales Soar But Science Lags On Hemp Health Effects

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Inside the Bluegrass Hemp Oil store in Lexington, Kentucky, the CBD oils and lotions lining the walls have an origin story — a story of a family’s struggle. “We took a huge risk, to be perfectly honest, because we didn’t know. We weren’t trying other people’s CBD products that were out there,” Bluegrass Hemp Oil… Read More

🔈#457SEO: Can Marijuana Grow the #457SEO’s Economy?

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Ohio’s medical marijuana program is still in its infancy as dispensaries continue to open their doors. Some around the region are working to make sure the #457SEO gets in on the money that can be made at grow operations, testing facilities, processing facilities and dispensaries. In this episode: Hemp Industry Daily’s Kristen Nichols discusses the… Read More

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Expanding To New Areas Of The State

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A dozen medical marijuana dispensaries have been given certificates of operation. Dispensaries in Northeast and Eastern Ohio have been open for a few weeks. But there haven’t been any in central Ohio, until earlier today. The chilly weather didn’t keep Columbus resident Michael Doctor from standing in line at the opening of the Columbus Terrasona dispensary…. Read More

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Medical Marijuana Sales Continue Yet Most Eligible Patients Are Not Getting It

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Medical marijuana sales in Ohio continue to increase, even if the product is still available on a very limited basis. The Department of Commerce reports people have bought more than $2 million of medical marijuana in the first two months of sales. The nine medical marijuana dispensaries now open have sold 288 pounds of the product since the first… Read More

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Many Registered For Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Program Are Not Yet Buying It

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More than 5,400 Ohioans have purchased cannabis since sales began at dispensaries in mid-January. The Ohio Board of Pharmacy says 5,465 patients have purchased medical marijuana. And that’s only about 28% of the number of patients registered for the program. One reason why so few are buying it could be due to the fact that… Read More

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W.Va. Senate Passes Banking Fix to Medical Marijuana Law

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia Senate has passed a bill addressing banking services for the state’s medical marijuana program. The Senate approved the bill 29-4 Tuesday. It now goes to the governor. The bill would authorize the state to allow financial institutions, including credit unions, to bid on contracts to process fees and… Read More

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Medical Marijuana: Half A Million In Sales Despite Limited Launch

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There are only four medical marijuana dispensaries open in Ohio at this point but in the last two weeks, they’ve sold more than a half million dollars worth of product. The latest figures from the Ohio Medical Marijuana Program shows more than $502,000 in medical marijuana has been sold since dispensaries opened on January 16th. More than… Read More

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How Should Ohio’s Schools Handle Requests By Students To Bring Medical Marijuana?

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Ohio law says medical marijuana can be used to treat specific conditions in children. But what happens when those kids need to take a dose of it while they are attending school? The answer is unclear. The chief legal counsel for the Ohio School Boards Association says some administrators have been asking about how to… Read More

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First Medical Marijuana Sold In State As Dispensaries Open

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The first Ohio sales of medical marijuana are being made with the opening of four dispensaries in the state. Fifty-six-year-old Joan Caleodis was the first customer to buy cannabis Wednesday morning at the CY+ Dispensary in Wintersville near Steubenville in eastern Ohio. Caleodis, of Martin’s Ferry, received a doctor’s recommendation for medical… Read More

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More Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Can Be Open For Business Soon

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Four more medical marijuana dispensaries have been awarded licenses from the state. And these businesses are now close to opening their doors. The Ohio Pharmacy Board has awarded certificates of operation to planned medical marijuana dispensaries in Canton, Wickliffe, Sandusky and Wintersville. That Wintersville dispensary is the second for that eastern Ohio town to be awarded a… Read More

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State To Consider 6 Conditions To Treat With Medical Pot

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The state medical board is reviewing six additional conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana use in Ohio, including autism and chronic anxiety. Cannabis products are becoming available in Ohio dispensaries over the next few months following delays in rolling out the program last year. Patients need a physician’s recommendation… Read More

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Kentucky Lawmakers Push Bipartisan Medical Marijuana Bill

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A bipartisan group of Kentucky lawmakers have introduced a bill to legalize medical marijuana, including a Republican state senator who said he “smoked a joint” when he was diagnosed with cancer seven years ago. Republican state Sen. Dan Seum said he was given a bottle of OxyContin seven years ago when… Read More

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Doctors Recommend Nearly 4,500 In Medical Marijuana Registry

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – State officials say doctors have submitted nearly 4,500 recommendations in the medical marijuana patient and caregiver registry for Ohio. The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy announced on Monday that the number of recommendations now totals 4,440, with at least 3,036 people completing the information online and activating registration e-cards. The… Read More