ZANESVILLE, Ohio – The Medical Marijuana law was passed in 2016, but even today obtaining it in the area is not as easy as it may seem.
The law authorizes medical marijuana use by patients with health conditions that qualifies them for the usage. Only physicians with the proper certification can recommend treatment with marijuana to patients. One Zanesville man, Carl Doty, has been researching doctors to recommend the medical marijuana for his health conditions. He found there are only two certified doctors in the area.
“I finally went on the ohio.gov website, and it’ll send you through links, numerous links, it’s not an easy process. But numerous links, it’ll actually give you a map of where the new certified doctors are located, and that’s when I first came across it,” said Doty.
A consultation fee is applied to speak with them, and you must supply documents of your medical history. Once certified by the doctor, you need to obtain a medical marijuana card. The state issued card enables medical marijuana to be obtained from dispenseries. Doty said he is awaiting his follow up checkup where the doctor will check if he is clear on everything, then he is eligible to purchase the marijuana.
“As long as you’re willing to go by the laws put forth, I say go for it, I think it’s the best thing to happen to medical marijuana and marijuana smokers in general, for a long time,” said Doty.
Research shows there are health benefits to medical marijuana such as pain relief, depression and anxiety reduction, and it can alleviate cancer related symptoms. All retail dispensaries selling medical marijuana must be licensed by the Board of Pharmacy.