Medical marijuana: Meet some of Greater Cincinnati's first doctors who can sign Ohio medical marijuana cards

Medical marijuana: Meet some of Greater Cincinnati’s first doctors who can sign Ohio medical marijuana cards

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Lotus Health LLC is currently preparing patients to receive medical marijuana when it becomes available for use. Albert Cesare, acesare@enquirer.com Buy Photo One doctor answered an ad on Indeed.com. Another was wowed by a patient’s treatment in Michigan. These Greater Cincinnati doctors were intrigued enough by the healing potential of medical marijuana that they signed up to be some of Greater Cincinnati’s first medical marijuana doctors. Nineteen doctors so far in Hamilton, Butler and Warren counties are among the 139 statewide to be certified to recommend medical marijuana by the Ohio Medical Board . Each month, the board will announce new certifications. A doctor must have a clean license and undergo continuing education to apply to recommend. Tearea Roland, Nurse Practitioner, speaks to a patient about the medical benefits of using medical marijuana while doing a preliminary examination at Lotus Health LLC on June 26, 2018, in Mason. (Photo: Albert Cesare/The Enquirer) The Ohio Board of Pharmacy , which issues medical marijuana cards to patients, anticipates at least 200,000 Ohioans will get a doctor’s permission to use the drug. These five local medical providers spoke with The Enquirer about the reasons they decided to get certified and what they hope patients can get with medical marijuana. Dr. Timothy Thress, Tri-County Dr. Timothy Thress, who delivered babies at Mercy Health Anderson for nearly 30 years, is one of the doctors in Ohio who can sign a recommendation for a patient to get medical marijuana. (Photo: Provided) Thress delivered more than 4,000 babies in 30 years at Mercy Health Anderson. He had been thinking about what to do next in medicine, “and then the medical cannabis thing came along.” On indeed.com, Thress spotted a help-wanted ad from OhioMedicalMarijuanaCard.com , a chain of offices in Ohio’s major cities staffed with doctors who […]

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