OPN: How to Get Your Ohio MMJ “Card”

Episode 19. Click the arrow on the player above to listen now. Listening time 07 minutes 09 seconds.

Just how do you get a medical marijuana recommendation in the state of Ohio right now? Can you?

Is it legal and will it keep qualified patients who already buy and use cannabis illegally on the right side of the law?

Robet Ryan from Ohio Patient Network (OPN) gets a long overdue shout out in this episode as someone doing more to help cannabis patients and physicians in Ohio than any other individual or pro medical marijuana group in the state.

Here’s the man behind the curtains (and on the stage)…

If you have one of the 21 qualifyibg conditions allowed to be treated in the state of Ohio with cannabis, and you want to use medical marijuana now before the Ohio rules are in place, you can do one of two things:

1. Get an Affirmative Defense document from your doctor. This is a document you or your attorney can present to the judge as your defense after you are arrested for, or ticketed for, a marijuana violation or…

2. Get a Medical Marijuana Recommendation from your doctor stating that you are currently being treated for one of the 21 qualifying Ohio conditions and that you have permission from your doctor to try medical marijuana.

Option 2 may also serve as that Affirmative Defense document you or your lawyer can present in a court of law.

I know. Clear as mud.

Bottom line? Robert and OPN called out the state of Ohio for telling doctors they weren’t allowed to legally recommend medical marijuana before state rules exist.

And he created a MMJ recommendation form your Ohio doctor can use today that is proving to work in at least one instance just like that Affirmative Defense (or like an official Ohio MMJ card that doesn’t exist yet).

Download a PDF copy of the OPN MMJ Recommendation form for your doctor here.

Thank you Robert Ryan for speaking up on behalf of Ohio patients and their rights! Thanks too for a tracking tool to help keep Ohioans up to date on where we are in the legislative process.

And thank you all for listening.

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