Ohio legalized medical marijuana only a few months ago, and things have gotten off to a rocky start. And now it appears doctors may be taking advantage of the newly legal industry.
A report from the Cincinnati Enquirer says that doctors in Ohio are charging hundreds of dollars to patients who want medical marijuana recommendations. One former marine said he went to a doctor who charged him $220 for a medical marijuana recommendation.
The biggest problem is that these recommendations are completely worthless. Under Ohio law, obtaining a doctor's recommendation is only the first step to being able to purchase medical marijuana. After you get the recommendation, you have to sign up for a medical marijuana ID card from the state's online registry.
There's just one problem: The online registry isn't available yet and doesn't have a date yet on when it will launch.
So people are currently paying hundreds of dollars for a recommendation that they can't use until a date to be determined.
The issue appears to be poor communication. Some doctors say patients come to them asking for a recommendation because they think they'll be able to get their ID right now. And it doesn't help that some organizations are popping up advertising doctors that can give marijuana recommendations.
Now, the recommendations obtained now should be valid when the state's registry officially goes online. But again, that's still in the undetermined future.
(h/t Cincinnati Enquirer)