DAYTON, Ohio(WDTN) – Releaf Health is a new medical marijuana clinic in Springfield. With physicians already working at Releaf Health in Columbus, the clinic is now extending its services to the Miami Valley. Folks behind the business say they understand the stigma associated with medical marijuana.
After waiting for the state to get the program in place, they hope they can educate people on the benefits it could have over prescription pills.
Huber Heights native and operations manager for Releaf health, Nolan Vannucci, said, “We believe in treating patients holistically through the use of cannabis rather than through traditional pain medication and pain pills,” Vanucci said.
Vanucci said they get a lot of calls from people asking about benefits to medical pot.
“A lot of it is education. Nobody’s ever died from smoking marijuana but people die every day from taking pain pills,” Vanucci said.
“Given in very small doses and controlled doses, it can control pain,” Aditi Jirme, M.D., the physician at Releaf Health.
Dr. Jirme said there’s a lot of scrutiny that goes into prescribing medical marijuana.
“They just take over-the-counter medication (for pain) and they think that is enough for them to qualify for medical marijuana but it’s not,” Dr. Jirme said.
Ohio law says patients must have at least one of 21 qualifying chronic illnesses. Patients must also present medical records as proof of those illneses.
So far this year, the state’s racked up close to $3 million in medical marijuana sales. As businesses work for a slice of that revenue, Releaf hopes to improve quality life for patients.
“I think it’ll really start to catch on but it’ll take some time,” Vanucci said.
According to the state’s latest numbers, doctors have prescribed more than 28,000 medical marijuana recommendations. However, less than half of those people have actually used those prescriptions.
Click here for information on the state’s medical marijuana program.