Is CBD and Medical Marijuana Illegal in Ohio?


Medical marijuana has been legalized in the state of Ohio since January 16th, 2019. Although this great news for many advocates of medical marijuana, CBD enthusiasts are not so happy. State laws still consider the sale of CBD products illegal unless sold by accredited dispensaries. The state strictly shuns the growing of medical marijuana by people at home.

The debate concerning Cannabidiol (CBD) is still raging on across the country. CBD is a chemical compound found in hemp. CBD’s non-psychoactive properties are among the reasons why many are gravitating towards it. The other more important reason is that researchers have discovered that CBD has many medicinal benefits and can provide relief for many illnesses.

Under Ohio’s new medical marijuana law, CBD, which can be extracted from both industrial hemp and marijuana, is illegal. However, the legality of CBD depends on the source. According to Ohio’s Pharmacy Board, CBD products are considered illegal if a licensed dispensary does not sell them. State health officials are worried about the authenticity of CBD used in products sold in the state. The Pharmacy Board insists that all CBD products must go through a set of rigorous tests similar to does conducted on marijuana.

Ohio’s Pharmacy Board is responsible for giving licenses to dispensaries. The Board has reportedly issued more than 50 licenses to dispensaries. According to the Board, all CBD products must be sold by approved dispensaries else they are illegal.

Under Ohio’s new medical marijuana law, the smoking of marijuana products is still considered illegal. However medical marijuana products in the form of oils, edibles, tinctures, patches are not illegal. The state does not also criminalize vaporization.

Officials in Ohio have a list of about 21 conditions that medical marijuana can be prescribed for by doctors. Some examples of these conditions are; AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Crohn’s disease, Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Cancer, Epilepsy and other seizures, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Sickle cell anemia, Traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, and severe or chronic pain. Other conditions which include Ulcerative colitis, Tourette’s syndrome, Spinal cord injury or disease, Fibromyalgia, Hepatitis C and Glaucoma.

Under the new medical marijuana law, patients and caregivers in Ohio must register with the State Pharmacy Board to be able to purchase medical marijuana medication. Officials say personal information of people who register will be kept private as stipulated by the law. Patients and caregivers will be given a patient registry card and photo ID once the registration process is complete. This identification must be used in the purchase of all medical marijuana products at state-approved dispensaries.

Ohio medical marijuana laws also have weight limits for patients and caregivers. The law requires the purchase of 2.83 grams to be sold. It is allowed to purchase a month (at least 30 days) worth of supply for the first time. However, this purchase has a 60-day limit which is valid until 90-days after the first purchase was made.

On the first day of sales, officials recorded that four dispensaries in Ohio began selling medical marijuana to caregivers and patients. The sale of medical marijuana products in Ohio is reportedly higher than the state estimates. A 2.83 gram of dried flower sold for $50 while an ounce sold for around $500. These prices are expected to reduce once farmers are given the license to grow industrial hemp in the state.