Doctors preparing for when Ohio's medical marijuana program does begin

Doctors preparing for when Ohio’s medical marijuana program does begin

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Doctors in Ohio are preparing for when the medical marijuana program does begin in the state (WSYX/WTTE) Doctors in Ohio are preparing for when the medical marijuana program does begin in the state (WSYX/WTTE)<p></p> COLUMBUS, Ohio — It’s full steam ahead for Ohio doctors wanting to recommend medical marijuana when the state program finally comes online. Even though the mandated September 8th deadline will not be met, doctors still have to get certified to recommend. The requirement for doctors is at least two hours of continuing medical education. ABC 6 On Your Side surveyed doctors in Ohio and the results show there’s interest from their patients about medical cannabis. Tonya Sanders met with us to tell her own personal story about medical marijuana that she says changed her life. She says she has had years of physical agony, heartache and thoughts to end it all for good. “Twice I was looking for a semi. I was done. I couldn’t do it. It wasn’t me it was all the medicine and stuff it was so scary,” said Sanders. In 2009, Sanders was diagnosed with lupus which is an incurable auto-immune disease. “It affects your liver, your heart. Your body attacks itself basically,” said Sanders. Sanders’ declining health kept her in and out of the hospital for eight and a half years. “A stroke, bacterial meningitis twice, comas,” said Sanders. Her list of prescription medication seemed endless. “The fentanyl, there’s Dilauded, there’s Vicodin. 20 something medicines just in the morning,” said Sanders. A year and a half ago, she walked in to pain management and ripped up her prescriptions on the way out. “They were going to start decreasing my doses because of the opioid crisis and it wasn’t helping me anymore,” said Sanders. Sanders didn’t know where to turn. But […]

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