You may not be able to gain access to medicinal marijuana just yet, but physicians are able to start prescribing the treatment to those who qualify. At this time, only 139 doctors have that capability, two of which are in Ross County and affiliated with Adena Health System. Aaron Roberts, MD, an Orthopedic Sports Medicine physician and Jeffrey Hill, MD, MPH, an Occupational Health physician are the only two. There are no physicians located in Pickaway County, but that could change soon because applications are still being submitted. In total, there are around 36 physicians in central Ohio who have the ability to prescribe. A date is not yet set for distribution to begin.
To see where the dispensaries will be, check out our previous article: Legal Pickaway Pot?
Who can be certified to prescribe?
In order to prescribe medicinal marijuana to patients, doctors (M.D. or D.O.) must register with the state, complete some type of continuing education about cannabis, before being able to recommend marijuana to patients with patients they have established and authentic relationships with. Check out the full list of providers here.
Who can get treatment?
Currently, patients qualify for the treatment if they have one or some of the following conditions: HIV/AIDS; Alzheimer’s disease; Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); cancer; chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE); Crohn’s disease; epilepsy or another seizure disorder; fibromyalgia; glaucoma; hepatitis C; inflammatory bowel disease; multiple sclerosis; pain that is chronic and severe, or intractable; Parkinson’s disease; post traumatic stress disorder; sickle cell anemia; spinal cord disease or injury; Tourette’s syndrome; traumatic brain injury; and ulcerative colitis.