One one day, thirteen hours, and thirty-three minutes from the time of this writing, Ohio is going to have become the latest state in the US to have legalized medical marijuana. The law was signed by Governor John Kasich way back in June, but it’s just going into effect at midnight in a day and a half. When a state legalizes medical marijuana, there’s a lot of anxiety that soon follows. Most people agree that marijuana should be decriminalized and that people should be able to use it if it’s going to make a certain ailment or injury less painful. What people don’t agree on is where medical marijuana should be available, how old you should have to be, how much it should cost, how much it should be taxed, and so forth.
One of the biggest issues that people have with Ohio marijuana laws when they’re passed is they aren’t sure what it’s all going to look like. They start to get anxious about where these dispensaries are going to go and if they’re going to have to have one in their neighborhood. They start to worry that their state might get overrun by people in the marijuana industry, and they also start to worry that there might be more crime or car accidents related to marijuana. To be clear, there is absolutely no evidence to support any of these claims. There is no proof that marijuana has an adverse effect on any of the things listed above, but when people start getting their anxious their fears aren’t always based in reality.
So what do these changes in Ohio cannabis laws mean for the Buckeye state? For starters, it means that there are going to be doctors out there who are going to be subscribing marijuana to their patients. This means they’ll be helping people get a medical marijuana card where they can then go purchase marijuana from a dispensary. This isn’t a big deal at all and it’s not going to have an impact on anyone whatsoever, but it’s something to be aware of. Next, legalized medical marijuana means there are going to be places in the state where the plant is grown. This is going to mean more jobs for the state of Ohio, and they’re going to be decent paying jobs at that. The dispensaries are also going to have to be staffed regularly, which once again means some decent jobs for the state. On top of this, the sales of medical marijuana are going to be taxed pretty heavily which means that the state is going to turn a nice profit off of all the sales. It’s even possible that the medical marijuana industry will be more business into the state.
As you can see, for the most part the changes you’re going to see are going to be positive. To learn more about this or to stay up to date with what’s going on, check out OhioCannabis.com on a regular basis. There you can find all the news you’ll need.