News about Marijuana

Between marijuana legalization, the normalization in pop culture and new ways of using (edibles, vaporizers, concentrates), it’s becoming more complicated for parents to talk to their teens. So where do you start? And what should you say?

If the Responsible Ohio issue passes in November

You may have noticed signature collectors in Marysville and other areas this week for the legalization of marijuana in Ohio.  The proposed amendments would create a change to the Ohio Constitution similar to how legalized casino gambling came into Ohio. One of the more recognized issues suggests legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes and if passed, Ohio would also become the third state to legalize for recreational purposes in the U.S.

  • People using marijuana for medicinal purposes will be allowed to use marijuana in the workplace.
  • Children of any age could receive marijuana for medicinal purposes with the written consent of a parent.
  • There are no requirements for physician training on how to recommend marijuana to patients.
  • There are no limits to the amount of marijuana that a physician can recommend.

Marijuana is not “prescribed” by a physician, because prescription medications are only recognized, researched and approved by the U.S. Food and  Drug Administration.  The FDA has not approved any product containing or derived from botanical marijuana for any indication. This means that the FDA has not found any such product to be safe or effective for the treatment of any disease or condition. Study of marijuana in clinical trial settings is needed to assess the safety and effectiveness of marijuana for medical use. The FDA states that it will continue to facilitate the work of companies interested in appropriately bringing safe, effective, and quality products to market, including scientifically-based research concerning the medicinal uses of marijuana.  (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration)