Doctors have begun submitting applications to recommend medical marijuana to patients. The applications are being sent to Ohio’s medical board and will go into effect once the state’s program is launched.
Applicants who want to begin advising their patients medicinal marijuana must hold a license as a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathic medicine, reports 10TV.
If their application is accepted, doctors must complete a free, two-hour educational course on qualifying medical conditions, treating those conditions with medical marijuana, and possible drug interactions.
Under federal law, doctors can’t actually write medical marijuana prescriptions. Instead, Ohio doctors can recommend marijuana to patients suffering from conditions including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and epilepsy. Ohio’s law doesn’t allow for smoking marijuana.
Medical marijuana should become available in September.