New medical marijuana clinic opens in Springfield


ADAM:ANOTHER FOR A MEDICAL CANNABIS PRESCRIPTION. ADAM:2 NEWS REPORTER JUDITH RETANA CONTINUES OUR COVERAGE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN OHIO. THE FOLKS BEHIND RELEAF HEALTH 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. THE DOCTOR IS IN AT RELEAF HEALTH. SPRINGFIELD’S NEWEST MEDICAL MARIJUANA CLINIC IS FOR PEOPLE LOOKING AT ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO MANAGE PAIN. NOLAN VANNUCCI: “WEVE BEEN EDUCATING OURSELVES SINCE THIS BECAME LAW IN 2016″THE COMPANY FIRST OPENED ITS DOORS IN COLUMBUS. NOW VANNUCCI, A HUBER HEIGHTS NATIVE, IS EXTENDING SERVICES TO THE MIAMI VALLEY.NOLAN VANNUCCI/RELEAF HEALTH OPERATIONS MANAGER: “WE BELIEVE IN TREATING PATIENTS HOLISTICALLY THROUGH THE USE OF CANNABIS RATHER THAN THROUGH TRADITIONAL PAIN MEDICATION AND PAIN PILLS” VANUCCI SAYS THEY GET A LOT OF CALLS FROM PEOPLE ASKING ABOUT BENEFITS TO MEDICAL POT. VANNUCCI: “A LOT OF ITS EDUCATION. NOBODYS EVER DIED FROM SMOKING MARIJUANA BUT PEOPLE DIE EVERY DAY FROM TAKING PAIN PILLS”ADITI JIRME M.D./ RELEAF HEALTH PHYSICIAN: “GIVEN IN VERY SMALL DOSES AND CONTROLLED DOSES, IT CAN CONTROL PAIN”DR. JIRME IS ONE OF THE PHYSICIANS PATIENTS WILL SEE WHEN THEY COME IN FOR A PRESCRIPTION. JIRME: “THEY JUST TAKE OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATION AND THEY THINK THAT IS ENOUGH FOR THEM TO QUALIFY FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA BUT ITS NOT” STATE LAW SAYS PATIENTS MUST HAVE AT LEAST ONE OF 21 QUALIFYING CHRONIC ILLNESSES. PATIENTS MUST HAVE MEDICAL RECORDS AS PROOF.JIRME: “THIS IS AN ADDITIONAL COMPONENT TO THE REGULAR PAIN MANAGEMENT”SO FAR THIS YEAR, THE STATE’S RACKED UP CLOSE TO 3 MILLION DOLLARS IN MEDICAL MARIJUANA SALES. AS BUSINESSES WORK FOR A SLICE OF THAT REVENUE, RELEAF HOPES TO IMPROVE PRESCRIBED MORE THAN 28- THOUSAND MEDICAL MARIJUANA RECOMMENDATIONS. HOWEVER, LESS THAN HALF OF THOSE PEOPLE HAVE ACTUALLY USED THOSE PRESCRIPTIONS.JUDITH RETANA 2 NEWS WORKING FOR YOU.

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