As the medicinal use and research of marijuana continues to progress, Ohio is making steps toward ensuring the safety of its citizens with their extended deadline for some medical marijuana dispensaries to open. This valuable extension offers new opportunities for dispensaries to apply and become approved, and for Ohioans to access safe and regulated marijuana for medicinal use.
1. Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Dispensary Deadline Extended
Ohio’s State Board of Pharmacy has officially extended the deadline for medical marijuana dispensaries after considering the implications of the coronavirus pandemic. The previous deadline was July 31 but due to the economic impact of the virus, the board has given dispensaries more time to open.
The new deadline is set for September 8, 2020. Dispensary applicants will be held to strict safety regulations that comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for social distancing, masks, and other personal protective equipment. Here are some of the standout regulations including:
- Reduced store capacities: reception and dispensary areas will not exceed 10 people at one time.
- Masks required: all visitors and employees must wear masks while on the premises.
- Social distancing: at least six feet of separation must be maintained between individuals.
2. Potential Benefits for Patients Seeking Cannabis
Cannabis has long been known as an effective form of pain relief, and is used by people with chronic ailments like cancer, fibromyalgia, and neuropathy for symptom management. Cannabinoids including THC, one of the best-known compounds found in the cannabis plant, are believed to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, helping to reduce inflammation and reduce pain.
Cannabis can also impart a sense of wellness, even if it doesn’t directly treat the physical conditions. Many patients prefer a few puffs of cannabis to pop a pill to combat anxiety or depression. This plant-based remedy can help provide a sense of calm and clarity, while regular users may also experience improved concentration and greater self-esteem. With the ability to work as both a smokable bud or an oil extract for vaping, cannabis is simpler to use than ever, giving patients greater control over their own wellbeing.
3. Steps to Complete for Extended Dispensary Licensing
Getting an extended dispensary license can be tough and overwhelming. So here are some simple steps to ensure that you work safely and within the law:
- Check the laws: It’s important that you’re familiar with the laws in your state. Be sure to check the local, state, and federal laws to ensure that your dispensary business complies.
- Secure premises: Take steps to ensure that your dispensary is secure for customers and staff. Make sure the security system meets the requirements and is up to date.
- Find suitable staff: Choose staff who have the necessary qualifications, skills, and experience to operate a dispensary. They should also be up to date with the latest regulations and procedures.
Once you have completed the above steps, you should be ready to apply for an extended dispensary license. The license application process is usually lengthy and strict, so you may need help from legal experts to ensure that you meet all the requirements. Make sure you’re prepared to provide evidence-based documents and provide accurate answers. Documenting and supplying evidence is the key to success.
With these advancements, Ohio will remain a leader in the ever growing medicinal cannabis space, bringing relief to those in need while setting itself up for future growth. Although we don’t know what the future holds, it looks certain that Ohioans will soon benefit further from an expansion in medical marijuana access.