Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program at Two Years: Evaluating Satisfaction and Perception

Ohio State Legal Studies Research Paper No. 568

Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, September 2020. Revised 06 Oct 2020

29 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2020 Last revised: 30 Sep 2021

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Jana Hrdinova

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Stephen J. Post

Ohio State University (OSU), Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Students

Dexter Ridgway

Ohio State University (OSU)

Date Written: October 6, 2020

Abstract

Medical marijuana became legal in Ohio on September 8, 2016 when House Bill 523 (HB 523) became effective. This bill created the framework for the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP), and the architects of HB 523 promised the program would be “fully operational” within two years. But as of July 15th, 2020, the OMMCP was still not fully operational, creating concerns around persistent delays and the overall functionality of the program.

After a year and a half of partially operating, the OMMCP continues its slow rollout. With possible future marijuana reforms on the horizon, the perceived effectiveness and success of the current system among Ohioans may shape the long-term future of the program. To our knowledge, the Harm Reduction Ohio (HRO) report1 released in September 2019 was the first concerted effort to survey patients and potential patients to evaluate their experiences and satisfaction with the OMMCP to date. This report looks at how people potentially impacted by the OMMCP perceive its performance and whether there have been changes in their satisfaction levels as compared to last year’s survey data. Our updated survey allows for a new examination into the efficacy of the structure of Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program and how this state’s initial experience with marijuana reform can inform the larger national conversations currently underway.

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Keywords: Medical marijuana, patient satisfaction, patient experience, barriers to medical marijuana use, Ohio medical marijuana, price at Ohio dispensaries

Suggested Citation

Hrdinova, Jana and Post, Stephen J. and Ridgway, Dexter, Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program at Two Years: Evaluating Satisfaction and Perception (October 6, 2020). Ohio State Legal Studies Research Paper No. 568, Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, September 2020. Revised 06 Oct 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3688992 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3688992

Jana Hrdinova (Contact Author)

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law

55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
United States

Stephen J. Post

Ohio State University (OSU), Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Students

55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
United States

Dexter Ridgway

Ohio State University (OSU) ( email )

Blankenship Hall-2010
901 Woody Hayes Drive
Columbus, OH OH 43210
United States

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