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Tue Dec 4, 2018, 08:40 AM

Ohio begins registering medical marijuana patients

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s online portal through which patients may register through their doctors to use medical marijuana quietly went live Monday, and state officials said medicinal pot products should be available for patient use within 60 days.

The state Board of Pharmacy sent notice to physicians as well as some patients and caregivers that the registration website is available. Only doctors who have been certified by the State Medical Board to recommend marijuana may access the website on behalf of patients they determined do qualify under Ohio’s fledgling medical marijuana program.

But that doesn’t mean that marijuana products are legally available for purchase yet in Ohio, four months after the program was originally supposed to be fully operational. The flipping of the switch on the registry is a reflection that the pharmacy board believes product will, however, be available for purchase at licensed dispensaries within 60 days.

“We maintained that we will start registration no earlier than 60 days before product would be available,” said board spokesman Grant Miller. “We have spoken with the industry, and this falls in line with that timeline. It gives people enough time to become registered.”

Read more: https://www.toledoblade.com/news/medical/2018/12/03/ohio-begins-registered-medical-marijuana-patients/stories/20181203157

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