Thursday, June 23, 2016
by Elizabeth Crosby, Esq.
Earlier this month, Ohio legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes, fueling concerns over the extent to which Ohio employees are now legally permitted to report to work under the influence of marijuana. Ohio is now one of 25 states that permit the use of marijuana for pain management and treatment of various medical conditions. The law does not permit recreational use of marijuana and the law, as written, places significant restraints on how marijuana can be ingested for medical benefits.
Many of the details concerning how medical marijuana will be grown, packaged and distributed legally have yet to be determined. However, doctors can begin prescribing medical marijuana in September, at which time it will be legal for those patients to access medical marijuana in the states where it is currently legally available.
The law imposes certain important restrictions on how medical marijuana can be ingested and by whom. It remains illegal to smoke marijuana—even with a prescription.