Ohio Medical Cannabis Program Has Made Almost $725 Million

Ohio Medical Cannabis Program Has Made Almost 5 Million
High Times

The medical cannabis program in Ohio has generated about $725 million in revenue, according to a local news report. The figure was noted by local television station WKYC, which cited the state’s Department of Commerce Medical Marijuana Control Program. Ohio lawmakers passed a measure legalizing medical cannabis in 2016, but sales did not begin until three years later.  “Ohio’s program has matured pretty quickly,” said Kate Nelson, regional general manager for Acreage Holdings, a cannabis operator, as quoted by WKYC. “I’m very impressed at how much it’s grown as far as patient access goes, recommending physicians and products available.” The Buckeye State’s medical cannabis law covers a wide range of qualifying conditions: AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia, cancer, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy or another seizure disorder, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, Huntington’s disease, 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, Spasticity, spinal cord disease or injury, terminal illness, Tourette syndrome, traumatic brain injury and ulcerative colitis. Currently, there is an effort underway to add autism to that list of qualifying conditions.  A bill that would permit patients with autism to receive medical cannabis treatment was introduced by a Republican and Democrat in the Ohio state House, and passed out of the chamber earlier this month by a vote of 73-13. “This bill is a direct result of the needs and wants of the people of Ohio who are on the autism spectrum,” said Democratic state House Representative Juanita Brent, a co-sponsor of the proposal. “It will help ensure legal access to a plant-based solution free from costly prescription medications or other outdated and sometimes harmful treatments.” A different bill introduced by a Republican state senator would open up…

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