Where Can You Buy Medical Marijuana in Ohio?

Purchasing medical marijuana in Ohio may seem complex upfront but it is not as hard as people think. They just need to play by some basic rules set out by people who created regulations for the safety and well-being of everyone who needs it. To purchase medical marijuana, find out what the laws are, how they are licensed, and where to locate licensed dispensaries across Ohio. 

Ohio Laws

Ohio recently began selling medical marijuana to people in need. Medical marijuana is available for patients who go through a process of being licensed, meet with their doctor, obtain an ID card, and visit a qualified dispensary. To purchase a product, this process is required to make sure a legitimate claim for medicinal quality cannabis is necessary. With an ID card, any dispensary can meet with patients to discuss their needs. Rules and regulations exist to keep strict tabs on who grows, sells, and purchases marijuana to keep people from buying or selling illegally. Ohio laws state patients cannot smoke but may be able to vape if they so choose. Medicated oils, patches, creams, tinctures, and edibles are just some of the available products patients can buy. 

Licensing Rules

A 90-day supply is available to qualified cardholders at one of 50 plus dispensaries across Ohio. According to Ohio’s regulations, people are allowed to purchase no more than a whole day unit at any one time. This varies by type of marijuana. It includes one-tenth of an ounce of plant material, two-hundred ninety-five milligrams of THC in the patch, lotion, cream, or ointment form and up to five hundred ninety milligrams of THC in oil for vaporization. People who walk in as patients to dispensaries need to meet these criteria to get licensed for consumption:

Licensed Dispensaries

The following is a comprehensive list of qualified dispensaries providing medical marijuana in the state of Ohio:

Conclusion

Every month, Wellspring features a dispensary partner that works to sell our top quality products to patients. Dispensaries are an important part of the supply chain to patients and we work diligently to connect with trusted companies offering patients the best experience possible. 

Premium Marijuana Medicated Chocolates

Wellspring Fields has a state-of-the-art cannabis cultivation facility. This means we bring only the best products into your hands. 

We favor an all-natural, home-grown approach that we know features only the Earth's natural nutrients and products. Although it is more expensive for us to implement an all natural care strategy, it's certainly worth the high quality product that's shipped out to family members, grandparents, and loved ones across the state. Food and medicines should be natural, nourishing your body with clean, chemical free wellness.

Below is a list of medicated chocolate products and other edibles with descriptions of flavors and ingredients.

Salted Chocolate Caramels: A soft chocolate caramel with 10.25mg THC/ 11.45mg CBD * GF *Dairy Allergens. 

Boonanza Bar: Comes in chocolate, caramel, crisp bar with 50mg THC /0mg CBD

*Dairy & amp; Tree Nut (Almond) Allergens. 

Cluster Phunk Bar: Comes in chocolate, caramel, and peanut with 50mg THC /0mg CBD

*Dairy & Tree Nut (Almond) Allergens

Almond Brothers Chocolate Bar: An almond, milk chocolate bar with 44.05mg THC/0 mg CBD *Dairy & Tree Nut (Almond) Allergens 

Milk Chocolate with mallow( Choc mellow): Chocolate and marshmallow with 50mg THC/ 0mg CBD. 

Maddie’s Peanut Butter: Peanut Butter with 39.52mg THC/ 0 mg CBD. 

Hot Drops (Hot Sauce): A mild to medium spice with 14.5mg THC/0 CBD.

Pumpkin Spice Rice Crispy Bar: For a limited time  only, either a pumpkin spice bar or marshmellow bar with 31.35mg THC/0 mg CBD per bar. 

Lemonade Elixir (8 oz): For a limited time only. Lemon flavored drink with 30.82mg THC/0 CBD. 

Jameron’s Strawberry Jam: Strawberry flavored jam with 39.75 mg of THC/0.23 mg of CBD. 

Olive Oil: 4:1 with 34.38mg THC / 9.8mg CBD. 

Milk Chocolate Cherry Chunk Bar: flavored with cherry and chocolate and containing 44 mg THC/ 5.25 mg CBD, *Dairy Allergen.

Milk Chocolate Bar: Milk chocolate with 55 mg THC/ 6.75 mg CBD *Dairy Allergen

Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Almond Bar: Sugar free dark chocolate and almond with 100 mg THC/ 22 mg CBD *Dairy & Tree Nut (Almond) Allergens

Buckeyes: Chocolate and  peanut butter with 24mg THC/ 6.18mg CBD *GF

Caramels: Soft caramel with 10.25 mg THC/ 11.45mg CBD* GF *Dairy Allergens

What’s Poppin’ Rice Crispy Treats: A Marshmallow Crisp with 28 mg THC/ 7.5mg CBD. 

Our Processing Facility allows us to produce alternative forms and allows us to create a wide variety of high quality products that the patients in Ohio deserve. 

Sativa vs. Indica - a Look at the Strains

The world of medical marijuana may seem complex upfront. With more than 1,000 strains of cannabis, patients can try many different types to find relief. Some are more appropriate for pain relief, while others might like a different strain or type for anxiety. It all depends on the person but it also depends on the subspecies. Indica and sativa are two strains that are helpful to know when looking into medical marijuana. 

Know the Strains

Sativa is a taller, slimmer plant. It is usually longer than indica, which has shorter and bushier leaves. Sativa is more ‘in the head’ for a high, whereas indica is felt more in the body. This helps aid in relaxation, pain relief, and sleep. The use of sativa is more uplifting, which increases energy, brings on euphoric feelings, creativity, and higher alertness. The best time to use sativa is during the day, while indica is best at night. 

Medicinal Qualities

Medically speaking, there is a big difference between the two. While sativas are uplifting, indicas are more in the mind as far as relaxed feeling. Sativa plants require longer to grow and yield fewer flowers than indica. Indica strains, for this reason, can tend to dominate the market but sativas are out there for people who want to try them. Knowing the strain, growing process, and testing is key for getting the highest quality medical marijuana on the market. While some people like the sedative properties, others desire the energy they get from sativa. The choice is up to the patient and their doctor when going over various strains, types, and uses for each. 

How to Use Them

Sativa strains have been known to help people with issues like depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Indicas are well known for their pain relief and support for inflammatory diseases including arthritis and cancer. Side effects of having these major disorders may include depression and insomnia so patients have to treat many symptoms with multiple varieties. Sometimes a hybrid of the two works best for patients. 

Hybrids

Hybrids are a new strain that comes from parents of different types. Some medical properties of both parents exist in a hybrid, which makes it suitable for people with complex conditions that meet a variety of needs. Breeders can ‘cross’ two strains to create a new one that delivers in efficacy and helps support diseases like epilepsy or multiple sclerosis. With so many hybrid strains available, it is important to talk to qualified professionals at dispensaries who can help outline the benefits and risks of use for all the strains, including hybrids, and note which ones might work best. It can be a trial and error experience at first, but it will help to keep a journal that outlines how to get the most out of the experience possible. 

Patients can work with their dispensaries and doctor to determine what will work best. With chronic diseases, it might take a while to find the right fit and may require changing the course of treatment throughout to adjust to the person’s needs. Patients are encouraged to experiment with dosage, strains, and kinds of medical marijuana to land on one, or a few, that provide the relief they seek.

How to Become a Medical Marijuana Patient in Ohio

Medical marijuana is legally available in some parts of Ohio for people who suffer from select conditions. Qualified dispensaries can sell various products to help people seeking relief from pain, anxiety, and many other things. Although regulations and rules govern sales and use, there are some simple steps to follow in becoming a patient. 

Legal Hoops

The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program governs the use and sale of cannabis. Forms that are allowed for sale include patches, edibles, plants, oils, and tinctures. Eligibility or use requires several steps. The first one is meeting with a qualified doctor who is allowed to make recommendations to patients. The doctor and patient must be in a solid relationship, the patient must have a qualifying condition, discuss risks with the patient, and let them know of any possible complications. Some eligible conditions:

A designated caregiver may also be assigned to help obtain and administer medicine. They are not allowed to consume the product but may serve multiple patients and keep an inventory of their products. Children under the age of 18 years old must be examined and a guardian must apply on behalf of the patient. 

Approval

Approval for medical marijuana treatment can happen at home through telemed. A registered Ohio marijuana doctor can consult with patients to quicken the approval process. Same-day registration is available for telemedicine appointments. If a patient has a qualifying medical condition and visits with an approved doctor in person or online, they need to be sure they register for an Ohio medical marijuana card. With the evaluation and issuance of the card, it is good for up to a one year, 90-day supply, at any of the legal dispensaries across the state. 

Using the Card

An Ohio medical marijuana card is just an ID card legally allowing patients to purchase a product from a dispensary. This comes with legal rights and benefits under state law that include:

To get approved for a card is an important step. The $50 fee allows patients to select a dispensary after approval from a qualified doctor and make strides towards finding relief from their conditions. Check the Ohio Marijuana website for approved doctors who can begin the process of certification. Although it may seem like a lot of steps, it is worthwhile to do it if it means finding help for pain or other conditions. People who suffer from chronic pain or debilitating conditions are finding relief with medical marijuana. It is worth looking into a card if it might help patients feel better.

Featured Products 

Edibles are one of the most popular options on the market. Edibles are a great way to snack on some cannabis without the issues that come with traditional smoke and vapor. At Wellspring Fields, our processing facility creates high quality processed goods to help patients suffering from various ailments and diseases. Our medicinal cannabis edibles are created in an environment that puts the patient first because we believe that everyone deserves to have access to a high quality product.

Today we are featuring two new products that are sure to satisfy your cravings. 

Maddie’s Peanut Butter

Maddie’s peanut butter is a house-made roasted peanut butter infused with 39.52mg THC and contains 0 mg CBD.  

Jameron’s Strawberry Jam

Our delicious Jameron’s Strawberry jam is house-made and infused with 39.75 mg of THC/0.23 mg of CBD. 

And of course, we suggest putting these two products together and making everyone’s favorite sandwich that much better. 

The Cannabis Glossary

Below we have put together a guide of common cannabis terms and definitions to help you become more educated on the growing industry. Please note that this glossary is not all encompassing and does not include every term related to cannabis.

Alcohol Extraction

 Process by which the cannabis plant is stripped of essential oils and trichomes using ethyl or isopropyl alcohol. Once the extra plant material is filtered out and the remaining alcohol is evaporated, sticky hash oil remains. 

Aroma 

“Aroma” is a term used to describe the general smell and/or taste of a certain plant or flower. Because consumers’ individual definition of aromas can differ somewhat, aroma descriptions are meant as a basic guideline. 

Butane Hash Oil Extraction (BHO)

Process by which cannabis flowers are blasted with butane creating an amber resin known as wax or shatter. This oil allows tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to become soluble. The resulting product has very high THC levels (generally more than flowers or hashish) and is a thick, sticky oil. 

Cannabinoid

Chemicals that influence cell receptors in the brain and body and can change how those cells behave. Marijuana’s most well-known cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) due to the fact that it is the most abundant, and also because it produces the psychoactive effects. 

Cannabis

Genus of flowered plants indigenous to Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Also known as marijuana, weed, ganja, pot, bud, and Mary Jane. 

CBD

CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, one of the at least 85 cannabinoids found in cannabis and the second only to THC when it comes to average volume. Recently, CBD has gained support for its use as a medical treatment as research has shown it effectively treats pain, inflammation, and anxiety without the psychoactive effects. 

Concentrate (or extract)

Refers to any material created by refining cannabis flowers, such as hash, dry sieve, and hash oils. Concentrates or extracts have much higher potency. 

Dab/dabbing

A method where a “dab” (small amount) of cannabis concentrate is placed on a preheated surface, creating concentrated cannabis vapor to be inhaled (Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

Dispensary

A store that can legally sell cannabis products, either medical, recreational, or both.

Edible

Cannabis products that are orally consumed. These products can contain THC, CBD, or a combination of both. Common edible products include cookies, brownies, candies, gummies, chocolates, beverages, or homemade goods.

Electronic Smoking Device (vaporizer or e cigarette): 

A vaporizing device with a rechargeable battery that heats material such as cannabis flower (bud) or liquids containing THC or nicotine to produce vapor for inhalation. Used as an alternative to smoking cannabis or tobacco. 

Flower

Known as the hairy or sticky parts of the plant which are harvested for consumption in various products, also known as the reproductive organs of the plant.

Hemp

The plant of the genus Cannabis or any part of the plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol concentration that does not exceed 0.3% on a dry weight basis of any part of the plant of the genus Cannabis.

Hybrid

A cross between two genetically different strains of cannabis. Hybrids can happen randomly or purposefully but are typically done to mix two or more preferred traits of a plant to make another powerful combination.

Indica

The less scientific name for the Cannabis indica species of cannabis. Generally these plants originated in the Middle East and Asia and include both of the famous kush and Afghan lineages. Compared to their sativa counterparts, the plants are shorter, bushier and have more compact flower structure. This species tends to produce more relaxing physical effects and can have a sedative quality.

Kief 

A collected amount of trichomes that have been separated from the rest of the marijuana flower. Since trichomes are the sticky crystals that contain the vast majority of the plant’s cannabinoids, kief is known to be extremely potent.

Manufacturing

To compound, blend, extract, infuse, or otherwise make or prepare a cannabis product.

Marijuana

A slang term for the dried flowers, leaves, stems, and seeds of the cannabis plant. 

Medical use of cannabis

The acquisition, cultivation, possession, processing (including development of related products such as food, tinctures, aerosols, oils, or ointments), transfer, transportation, sale, distribution, dispensing, or administration of cannabis for the benefit of qualifying patients in the treatment of debilitating medical conditions or the symptoms thereof.

Processing

To harvest, dry, cure, trim and separate parts of the marijuana plant by manual or mechanical means. 

Recreational Cannabis

The intentional use of cannabis. Recreational cannabis can be purchased at a dispensary by those who are 21 years or older with a valid government issued ID.

Retailer

An entity licensed to purchase and deliver cannabis and cannabis products from cannabis establishments and to deliver, sell, or otherwise transfer cannabis and cannabis products to cannabis establishments and consumers. 

Seed-to-sale

Everything that happens to an individual cannabis plant from seed and cultivation, through growth, harvest, and preparation of cannabis-infused products, if any, to final sale of finished products. 

Strain

Variety of cannabis plants that have a particular characteristic(s) that might be used to express a specific desired effect. For example: Cannabis sativa is high in THC and is reported to enhance creativity, be a stimulant, and fight depression, headaches, and nausea. Cannabis indica is a mix of THC/CBD and is reported to be relaxing and pain reducing. Cannabis ruderalis is high in CBD.

THC

An abbreviation for tetrahydrocannabinol. It is the most well-known and most abundantly available cannabinoid in marijuana plants. THC is also the component in marijuana that is responsible for the psychoactive effects, or the “high.” Also known as delta-9-tetracannabinol, it was first isolated in 1964 and is thought to serve as a natural defense for the plant against pests. Research has shown THC to be an effective medical treatment for a range of conditions. There is no lethal dose of the compound in its natural form.

Tincture

 A liquid form of cannabis that is made from glycerin or alcohol. Tinctures are usually distributed in an eyedropper under the tongue to provide fast absorption to the body, leading to quicker effects than edibles and inhalation.

Topical

Cannabis products such as lotions, balms, and oils that are used for pain relief.

Trichome

Crystalized glands on the cannabis plant that produce resin. They are the parts of the plant that contain most cannabinoids.

Multiple Sclerosis and Medical Marijuana

Multiple Sclerosis, more commonly referred to as MS, is an autoimmune disease that causes damage to various nerves in the body. There are various types of MS that range from relapsing to remissive stages, and stages that progressively worsen without remission. The symptoms of MS vary case by case. And oftentimes the degree of severity can be mild to debilitating, even for the same person. The most commonly experienced symptoms of MS are vision problems, pain, numbness, muscle weakness, bladder issues, fatigue and cognitive issues. Because the disease affects multiple different areas of the nervous system, the list of symptoms can be rather extensive. 

Other symptoms can include balance problems, stiffness, tremors and other involuntary movements, anxiety, depression, dizziness, and sleep disturbances. Oftentimes, there are days where little to no symptoms persist, and the opposite when there is a flare up occuring. 

What Causes MS?

There is no known cause for multiple sclerosis, but there are instances where certain behaviors or factors may cause a flare up. A flare up is considered to be when the nervous system becomes inflamed and causes new symptoms or symptoms to become worse. Some factors that can cause inflammation to occur are stress, lack of sleep, extreme temperatures, diet, and infections. It’s important for those who suffer from MS to understand what may cause a flare up for them and control the factors that they can. 

Medical Marijuana as Treatment for MS

It is advised that people suffering from MS talk to their doctor and come up with a plan to manage  their symptoms through various means. This can vary for everyone. Some people find relief through diets that limit inflammation, certain vitamins and more. As with various other conditions, many people are reporting that incorporating medical marijuna into their daily routine has helped reduce and alleviate MS symptoms and even reduce the number of flare ups. The reason for this is that the cannabis plant has anti-inflammatory properties. Cannabinoids also suppress the body’s inflammatory response that helps stop the death of cells and aids in regulating the immune system.

In another study, it was found that marijuana can have a significant effect on the pain and stiffness associated with MS. The National Center of Biotechnology Information (NCBI) stated that the use of Cannabinoids improved symptoms associated with autoimmune diseases. It goes on to include that Cannabinoids specifically improved MS symptoms such as pain, stiffness, tremors and involuntary movements due to their immunosuppressive and neuroprotective properties.

Effects on Other Symptoms 

Along with the many other symptoms of MS, medical marijuana can also assist with the emotional and psychological symptoms that come with it. Medical marijuana’s two main cannabidiols, THC and CBD have both been found to alleviate feelings of depression and anxiety. Another study published by NCBI found that Cannabidiol, or CBD, enhances serotonin levels immediately upon the first dose of CBD. Due to how quickly the effects of CBD are, and how long-lasting the effects remained, CBD also showed similar effects to that of antidepressants. Numerous studies have also concluded with evidence that cannabinoids have a therapeutic effect on MS related tremors and movements.  

Getting Your Card

In Ohio, and in most states, MS is recognized as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana use. The  first step is to schedule an exam with a registered MMJ Physician. At your appointment, you’ll want to bring in any relevant documentation of your condition and discuss with your Ohio MMJ doctor your symptoms to determine if medical marijuana is right for you. We recommend you keep track of which products work best for use and side effects/ effectiveness. Because MS is such a complex disease, everyone’s case will be different. Monitoring your symptoms, triggers, and finding support in the medical marijuana community could greatly benefit the effectiveness of your medical marijuana treatment plan.

Glaucoma and Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana is used to treat many conditions. From minor conditions to cancer, people are finding relief from symptoms and pain using medical marijuana.  Many people suffering from glaucoma, have been treating their symptoms with medical cannabis. 

What Is Glaucoma 

Glaucoma is a disease that causes loss of vision. As fluid builds up in the front part of your eye, pressure increases and eventually damages the optic nerve.  Glaucoma can impair vision or eventually cause a person to go blind completely. It is known to be one of the leading causes of blindness with over 60 million diagnoses worldwide. In the United States alone, there are over three million people suffering from glaucoma. There are two known types of glaucoma. 

Although everyone is at risk for glaucoma, people over the age of 60 are more likely to develop the condition. 

Treatment Options

Currently, there is no known cure for glaucoma. If caught early enough, there are a few treatments that can help delay and help repress the symptoms of the condition. These treatments include: 

In some severe cases, both medical and surgical treatments may fail to lower intraocular pressure (IOP) and prevent progression toward blindness. It is a hereditary condition, so those who are at higher risk should be seen by an ophthalmologist twice a year to check eye pressure.

Medical Marijuana as Treatment for Glaucoma

While Medical Cannabis does not cure Glaucoma, it can help people reduce and control the symptoms associated with it. Some traditional medications prescribed to these patients can come along with negative side effects as well, which can be subsided by using medical cannabis products. Although a great deal of research still needs to be done, some studies show the effectiveness of reducing IOP for a few hours.  It also may act as a neuroprotectant, which potentially inhibits the advancement of Glaucoma. Because glaucoma needs to be treated constantly, patients who are looking to help treat their symptoms should dose themselves every few hours to ensure consistent relief.

Symptom Relief 

Symptoms of glaucoma can include intense eye pain, anxiety, headaches, blurred vision, and severe nausea and vomiting. Medical cannabis has painkilling and anti-inflammatory properties that can significantly help relieve your symptoms.

There are numerous ways to medicate yourself with medical cannabis to treat your glaucoma symptoms. Currently, in Ohio, qualified patients can be approved for Oral, Sublingual, Inhalation, Rectal, and Topical use of cannabis. The most common ways to intake medical cannabis are:

Your Ohio Medical Cannabis doctor can discuss in further detail ways to alleviate your specific symptoms with you during your evaluation. Although everyone is different,  marijuana may help you find relief from your everyday symptoms without bringing on additional unwanted side-effects. 

Getting Your Card

In Ohio, people diagnosed with Glaucoma qualify for their medical cannabis card. If you are ready to take the next step towards relieving your symptoms, you can schedule an appointment with a Ohio Medical Cannabis Doctor. After being evaluated by one of the many Ohio state-certified physicians at DocMJ, you can apply for your state medical cannabis identification card.

Cannabis and Cancer

Marijuana goes by many names, including cannabis and hemp. It has been used in herbal remedies for hundreds of years but is only now gaining widespread attention for its use in cancer-fighting properties that bring relief to thousands of people. Active compounds in cannabis called cannabinoids include THC and CBD, or cannabidiol. A diagnosis of cancer can be devastating but more people are turning to the positive properties of cannabis to provide relief from pain and support for other symptoms, including nausea and lethargy. Find out why more people are turning to cannabis as a way to bring hope to what feels like a challenging situation. 

Marijuana and Cancer Symptoms

People start using marijuana when they receive a diagnosis of cancer to cope with symptoms. Even if they are not sure about curing their cancer, they often seek a better quality of life and longer duration, depending on the diagnosis. Marijuana may be helpful as a companion to chemotherapy drugs and medications used to combat cancer. Vaping, ingesting, and edibles are just a few of the ways people use marijuana in the fight against this disease. Pain relief is another reason people use marijuana, with varying degrees of success for each individual person’s case. 

Possible Risks

Some risk is always possible no matter what drug a person tries in cancer treatment. Chemotherapy and radiation come with risks. Marijuana use also has some risks. The most common effect is disorientation or euphoric ‘high’ some people feel. While some people find it pleasant, others might not and it can bring on feelings of anxiety or paranoia. Marijuana primarily delivers THC directly into the body. The strain and delivery make a difference in how a person responds mentally and physically to the presence of marijuana in their system. Dependence is always one risk, as well as issues with lungs and breathing if used for long periods of time. 

Finding Relief

Decisions about care and pain management should always be between a person and their medical team. Their doctors can best advise the course of treatment and action to take. With all the factors involved, including some risk, it is worth discussing the person’s desires, goals, and hopes for the treatment. This should be paired with laws and regulations governing use in the individual’s home state, which vary widely at this stage. It is best to meet with trained professionals at a dispensary after consulting with treatment professionals about the cancer diagnosis to see what may be the best fit going forward. 

Every person’s situation is unique so it should be taken on a case-by-case basis on how to move forward in finding the right product for that person’s journey. This is not a decision people make lightly. Getting educated by a qualified dispensary on all the available methods of use and products can be enlightening as a person decides how cannabis use fits into their larger treatment plan. With the right support, a person can make decisions that will guide them on the road to finding better health and wellness.

How the Ohio Medical Marijuana Program Works

Medical marijuana was legalized for sale in Ohio in 2016 but could not move forward with actual sales until House Bill 523 was enacted after cutting through regulatory red tape in 2019. Since that time, dispensaries and growers have been opening up to provide Ohioans with the highest quality products and services for all their needs. Because it is highly regulated, the process to get licensed to open can take awhile. Additionally, anyone looking to purchase medical marijuana must walk through a process first. Find out how the Ohio Medical Marijuana Program works and what steps you can take to get started. 

Ohio Medical Marijuana Bill

Even though medical marijuana is legal for sale in Ohio, it comes with  many regulations to keep it safe for growers, dispensaries, and ultimately consumers to navigate the system. Even without as much stigma as existed in the past, there are still misconceptions about what medical marijuana is, why it is legal, and who consumes it. Only certain conditions for use are permitted on a shortlist for consumers. 

These conditions include:

Prescriptions are available by approved doctors who are allowed to recommend medical marijuana products by the State Board of Ohio. A patient-doctor relationship must be established and a risk/benefit analysis completed with their patient. Nearly 450 physicians in early 2019 were allowed to make these recommendations. 

Licensing

The Ohio program for medical marijuana has only been rolling a short time. Only a handful of growers (including Wellspring Fields), dispensaries, and stores were allowed to operate in Ohio at this time. Although it is seen as a progressive program as it rolls out, there are still strict regulations on licensing the sale of medical marijuana. Many consumers include veterans, people in recovery from opioid use, and those seeking pain relief from various conditions. Growth and cultivation at home are not permitted. The Ohio Control Program oversees the registration, reporting, and inspections of the process with the aim of keeping quality high to minimize consumer risk. 

Getting Started

For consumers to get started, they must register with the State Board of Pharmacy. There is an online registry people can use to receive a card with photo ID, which must be used to purchase cannabis at a licensed Ohio dispensary. Consumers must renew their licenses to purchase every year from the state. No more than a 90-day supply of medical marijuana may be purchased for consumption at one time to regulate the amount people use. 

Finding Products

State law regulates what kind of cannabis can be purchased for legal consumption. Although smoking is not allowed, people can vaporize it and consume cannabis through edibles, tinctures, and other products available. To locate the best products, consumers can look up licensed dispensaries in Ohio from which to set up an appointment, go over their needs, and discuss appropriate products and mode of delivery (vape, edible, etc) with licensed professionals.