Blatman Health and Wellness Center is proud to announce our participation in Ohio’s medical marijuana program, which began on September 8th, 2017. Our wellness clinic has been specializing in the holistic management of chronic pain and other disorders since 1988. Medical marijuana has been a welcome addition to our diverse array of treatment options for our patients. Our practitioner, Dr. Blatman, is currently certified as a medical marijuana recommending doctor. Further information will be available as the Ohio program becomes more active.
Because marijuana currently remains a Schedule 1 substance illegal under federal law, doctors cannot technically prescribe marijuana. Instead, what an approved medical marijuana doctor can do is make a recommendation that allows you to use it medicinally under state law. You will need to register with the State Board of Pharmacy and have a Medical Marijuana Card. After your office visit and qualification, your credentials will be put in the Ohio database, and the state will send an email allowing you to pay money and register. Then your card will be emailed to you. This card will expire after one year, and it will need to be re-validated every 3 months by the doctor after your office visit to maintain access to the dispensaries.
Currently, no doctor can prescribe marijuana. Only approved doctors in the state of Ohio can recommend medical marijuana. Only Ohio certified doctors can authorize the card that allows access to dispensaries where these products can be purchased.
The Ohio Board of Pharmacy awarded a medical marijuana dispensary certificate to Verilife, located in the 5400 block of Ridge Avenue. It will be the first medical marijuana dispensary in the city of Cincinnati.
A number of medical marijuana dispensaries close to Cincinnati are expected to open soon but are waiting to pass inspection. Heart Cincy in Hartwell and Verdant Creations in Columbia Township are still waiting for a final inspection by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy to receive their certificates to operate, which are needed to allow them to build up their product inventory and open for business. As of August of 2019, 26 of the 56 dispensaries awarded provisional licenses last year had passed final inspection and received certificates to operate and provide medical cannabis to patients with medical marijuana cards.
How to Obtain Your Ohio MMJ Card
Certified Cincinnati medical marijuana doctors and physicians across Ohio can recommend marijuana to patients who have a qualifying medical condition. Eligible conditions include chronic pain, cancer, spinal disease, and more. It’s important to note that cannabis doctors do not actually prescribe cannabis. If you qualify, you’ll receive a recommendation that you can then use to obtain a license. You can use your license to purchase medical marijuana from a registered dispensary. If you’re experiencing pain now – don’t wait for a medical marijuana card to become available.
Health Conditions that Currently Qualify for Medical Marijuana in Ohio
● Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
● Alzheimer’s disease
● Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
● Crohn’s disease
● Epilepsy or another seizure disorder
● Hepatitis C
● Inflammatory bowel disease
● Multiple sclerosis
● Pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable
● Parkinson’s disease
● Positive status for HIV
● Post-traumatic stress disorder
● Sickle cell anemia
● Spinal cord disease or injury
● Tourette’s syndrome
● Traumatic brain injury
● Ulcerative colitis
An Ohio doctor approved to recommend medical marijuana will need to diagnose you with one of the above conditions, or agree with the medical records of your specialist who has diagnosed you previously in order for you to qualify.
We Will Accept Medical Marijuana Cards
Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Program is active, and we’re proud to be one of the medical cannabis clinics in Ohio. Dr. Blatman has been approved as one of 222 doctors in Ohio as of August 2018 that will be able to recommend marijuana medicinally.
In order to receive a medical marijuana license, you’ll need to receive a recommendation from a certified clinic. Once you receive your recommendation, you can apply for a license. Your license will last one year and will allow you to possess marijuana. Access to the dispensaries is provided 3 months at a time as your condition and response to treatment are recorded. Medical cannabis available in Ohio includes topical patches, CBD oil, raw herbs, edibles, and more. Smoking cannabis remains against the law. Medical ingestion will have to be technically done through alternative methods such as edible consumption, vaping, or topicals. Public consumption will also continue to be against the law. Consumption will need to take place in the privacy of your own home.