Ohio, my home state, is wrestling with the nuances of medical marijuana laws that become effective on Sept. 8, 2018. My husband’s work email had an important notice from the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation (BWC) about this pending change, and as I read it, I thought that nothing really changed. Although medical marijuana legalization has been adopted for Ohio residents, it comes with risks for people who continue to be employed, and want to use this complementary method of pain and spasticitymanagement.
Medical marijuana has to be prescribed by a physician and is only available for limited conditions like chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and some neurological disorders like epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. Medical marijuana in Ohio must be consumed as an oil, patch, salve, or the plant material. It can also be vaporized. But it cannot be smoked, so put away the image of rolling a joint to get symptom relief.