Ohio’s medical cannabis law went into effect in September 2016. But the program’s implementation has faced a number of delays and setbacks. As a result, the state only began issuing licenses in September of this year. So far, Ohio has approved 300 doctors to recommend medical cannabis program. Regulators process and approve more applications every month. But the thousands of doctors who work for some of the state’s largest healthcare providers, including MetroHealth, University Hospitals, and the Cleveland Clinic, will not be able to recommend medical cannabis to their patients, whether or not they obtain a license to do.
Ohio’s Three Biggest Healthcare Providers Bar Medical Cannabis Recommendations
The three northeast Ohio-based healthcare providers have all issued statements announcing their policy to prohibit their doctors from making medical cannabis recommendations. The announcements came shortly after an Ohio medical marijuana meeting last week in Cleveland.
Each healthcare network cited a different concern for their policy stance, according to Cleveland.com. University Hospitals spokesperson Katelyn McCarthy cited “the discrepancy between state and federal law with regard to the legality of marijuana use” as the reason UH doctors are barred from recommending medical cannabis on any UH campus. University Hospitals employs more than 4,000 providers.