Ohio has seen significant updates to its medical marijuana legislation, impacting various aspects of the program from THC definitions to dispensary operations. One notable update in the Ohio Revised Code, specifically in Section 3796.06, pertains to the processing and packaging of medical marijuana. Licensed processors are now required to package medical marijuana in compliance with child-resistant effectiveness standards as described in 16 C.F.R. 1700.15(b) as of September 8, 2016. Additionally, the packaging must clearly label the product’s tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) content, ensuring consumers are well-informed.
The Medical Marijuana Control Program (MMCP) in Ohio, governed by the Ohio Revised Code/Ohio Administrative Code 3796, has issued guidance following an Administrative Rule update. This update includes a new definition of “THC” and an updated definition of “THC Content” in Ohio Admin. Code 3796:1-1-01. These revisions are critical for standardizing the measurement and communication of THC levels in medical marijuana products.
Regarding local governance and dispensaries, a new provision allows operators of medical marijuana dispensaries to challenge local laws prohibiting sales. If a local government passes a law against a dispensary, the operator can petition to have the issue placed before local voters in the next general election. If the voters approve, the local government must permit the sale of marijuana.
In another development, Ohioans faced a decision on the legalization of recreational marijuana use. Issue 2 on the November 2023 Ballot was a significant point of contention, as it dealt with legalizing casual, non-medical marijuana use and the opening of new marijuana farms and stores across the state.
The legislation also specifies the forms of medical marijuana that may be dispensed, which include oils, tinctures, plant material, edibles, patches, and any other form approved by the Division of Marijuana Control under section 3796.061 of the Revised Code.
Furthermore, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program provides a toll-free helpline to respond to inquiries from patients, caregivers, and health professionals regarding adverse reactions to medical marijuana, along with information about available services and assistance. This helpline is a valuable resource for those participating in or affected by the program.
Lastly, House Bill 523, passed on September 8, 2016, legalized medical marijuana in Ohio. The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP) allows individuals with certain medical conditions, upon the recommendation of an Ohio-licensed physician certified by the State Medical Board of Ohio, to purchase and use medical marijuana. The OMMCP operates under strict regulations to ensure safety and compliance.