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Patients See New Medical Marijuana Law as Best Option to Manage Pain

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Thursday, June 09, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Governor John Kasich signed a bill to legalize medical marijuana into law Wednesday, making Ohio the 25th state to approve its use.

For many who suffer from chronic pain and rely on dozens of pain pills, they see medical marijuana as a better way to manage their pain.

Aaron Marshall, of Ohioans for Medical Marijuana, said while chronic pain is covered under the medical marijuana law, many other diseases are not.

He wants the list expanded to include things like Autism agitation, Huntington's Disease, Muscular Dystrophy and severe nausea.

Those suffering from epilepsy, chronic pain and the side effects of cancer treatments could soon be able to treat their pain with marijuana.

Marshall said Ohio's law also comes with a lot of restrictions. People will not be able to grow any marijuana at home and they're not legally allowed to smoke it.

By law, marijuana must be consumed in vaporizers, edibles or oils.

Marshall said he worries those who need the medical marijuana may not be able to afford it.

"Because they don't allow for home grow, we need to make sure there is a low-cost option," he said.

While medical marijuana will be legal in three months, it will take much longer to set up rules for growers, dispensaries and patients.

Because regulations for medical marijuana are not in place, it's likely that those who qualify to use it won't be able to get it until 2017 or early 2018.

It remains illegal to bring marijuana into Ohio from other states that have legalized it.

Author: Kevin Landers
Source: Central Ohio's New Leader
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