Dr. Julie Forbush will see patients out of the Wellness Center at Comfry Corner on 30th Street in Heath. Forbush has been approved to recommend medical marijuana to patients once the state’s medical marijuana program is up and running.(Photo: Sara C. Tobias/The Advocate)Buy Photo
HEATH – Although at least one of Newark’s medical marijuana dispensaries will not be open until later in the year, Licking County residents could have a recommendation for medical marijuana in just a few weeks.
Dr. Julie Forbush, a Newark resident, has been approved by the state to recommend medical marijuana and is scheduling patients for as early as mid-July.
Forbush is renting space at the Wellness Center at Comfrey Corner at Heath. The wellness center is also used for therapeutic massage, acupressure and other natural healing remedies.
As of June, 139 doctors across the state had received certificates permitting them to recommend medical marijuana. Forbush, who graduated from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007, is the only one for Licking County so far.
As someone who grew up in rural Virginia, Forbush said she knows people outside of major cities sometimes get forgotten. She wanted people in Licking County to have close access to a doctor who can recommend medical marijuana.
“We cannot expect everybody to drive an hour or two hours even if it’s once a year because these are people that are sick,” she said. “Hopefully it’s going to be convenient for patients and then it’s just going to fill a need within the community.”
Forbush entered the Army after she graduated