Ohio’s medical marijuana law takes effect Sept. 8, but little will change for patients, law enforcement officials and physicians.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Medical marijuana is now legal in Ohio, but — and it’s a big but — patients won’t be able to legally buy it here for at least a year, maybe two.
Until then, Ohio’s new medical marijuana law gives patients an “affirmative defense” against a drug charge, if they have a doctor’s note and meet other criteria. But patients haven’t had much luck obtaining such notes ahead of the law’s effective date today, another example to add to the law’s long list of unknowns.
Also on that list: How many growers and dispensaries will be allowed? What will doctors have to do in order to recommend medical marijuana?
So although today has been on the calendars of many Ohio advocates, it’s a largely symbolic date that most consider the starting line in what could be a complicated path to a working medical marijuana program.