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The Legal Status of Cannabis in Ohio

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In Ohio, cannabis use is permitted for medical reasons but recreational use is prohibited. The medical use of cannabis was legalized when Governor John Kasich signed the cannabis law (HB523) on June 8, 2016. This law favors edibles, vaporizers, and other forms of cannabis over smoking.

Qualifying medical Conditions for Ohio Medical Marijuana include:

  • AIDS
  • ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy or any other seizure disorder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pain which is either chronic or severe or intractable
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Positive status for HIV
  • PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Spinal cord disease or injury
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Ulcerative colitis

The board is set to consider the below nine petitions for addition into the qualifying list:

-Gilbert’s syndrome


-Degenerative disk disease

-Bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, sleep disorder

-Opioid use disorder



-Opioid use disorder

-Autism spectrum disorder

Possession of cannabis in this state should not exceed a 90-day supply (whose exact amount will be based on the prescription recommendations). While dispensaries are licensed by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, cultivation of cannabis is only allowed for medical reasons (an amendment).

Lydia K. (Bsc. RN) is a cannabis writer, which, considering where you’re reading this, makes perfect sense. Currently, she is a regular writer for Mace Media. In the past, she has written for MyBud, RX Leaf & Dine Magazine (Canada), CBDShopy (UK) and Cannavalate & Pharmadiol (Australia). She is best known for writing epic news articles and medical pieces. Occasionally, she deviates from news and science and creates humorous articles. And boy doesn't she love that! She equally enjoys ice cream, as should all right-thinking people.