The state’s medical board approved another round of doctors who are now able to recommend medical marijuana to eligible patients in Ohio.
The third round of certifications now brings the total to 139 doctors, with 50 being added Wednesday.
Approved doctors tend to be concentrated in the major metropolitan areas of Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland, but as more are added, the dispersal across the state is evening out.
Columbus has 9 doctors certified to recommend and central Ohio has approximately 25, with a handful in New Albany and Dublin. The full list of state approved doctors can be found here.
Patients will have five dispensaries in Columbus where they can buy medical cannabis and nine total in central Ohio.
State-approved physicians are the only access point for medical marijuana in Ohio. For any prospective patient to be able to receive the long-awaited product, they must first get a recommendation.
Patients who are suffering from any one of a list of 21 qualifying medical conditions, such as cancer, Crohn’s or severe chronic pain, will have the ability to purchase and possess up to a 90-day supply of medical marijuana with the recommendation from a certified doctor.
The state has been adding to the ranks of doctors approved over the past few months. In April, the state announced the first round of 36 doctors and added another 53 in May.
Doctors can apply to the medical board for a certificate to recommend at any time.
In order to be approved by the state’s medical board, all doctors must have an active license to practice medicine in Ohio and take two hours of classes focusing on diagnosing and treating conditions with medical marijuana.
All doctors also must show they have no financial interest in any medical marijuana related companies.
Just because more doctors