New Medical Marijuana Bill Could Benefit Mesothelioma Patients, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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Ohio legislators have approved a bill that would enable people with cancers such as malignant mesothelioma to legally buy and use marijuana. Here's why that could be good for patients.

Medical Marijuana Bill Could Benefit Mesothelioma Patients

Cannabis for Mesothelioma

The fact that there are so few viable treatment options for mesothelioma has driven many patients to explore the therapeutic possibilities of cannabis.

Ohio is poised to become the 25th state to legalize a form of medical marijuana. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted a new article on the Ohio bill and its potential implications for mesothelioma patients. Click here to read it now.

In a close vote, Ohio legislators have approved a medical marijuana bill and sent it on to the governor for his signature. If approved, the law could mean that people with mesothelioma and 21 serious conditions could have access to medical marijuana this Fall.

“The fact that there are so few viable treatment options for mesothelioma has driven many patients to explore the therapeutic possibilities of cannabis,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor of Surviving Mesothelioma.

Californian Andy Ashcraft, who was featured in a recent Surviving Mesothelioma article series, is one of those patients. The six-year mesothelioma survivor now uses cannabis oil daily.

“We know that mesothelioma patients are curious about this potential alternative and we want to support them with up-to-date and scientifically sound information on medicinal marijuana, including its availability and legality,” says Strauss.

The Ohio medical marijuana bill allows people with mesothelioma and other cancers, as well as those with serious chronic conditions such as intractable pain, Alzheimer’s and MS, to obtain marijuana in oils, tinctures, and patches. It would still be illegal to grow or smoke marijuana in Ohio, even for medical use.

To read more about the provisions of the Ohio bill and Andy Ashcraft's mesothelioma survival story, see Cannabis for Mesothelioma May Soon Be Legal in Ohio, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Borchardt, Jackie, “Ohio lawmakers legalized medical marijuana. What happens next?”, May 27, 2016,,

For nearly ten years, Surviving Mesothelioma has brought readers the most important and ground-breaking news on the causes, diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma. The information in this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis or treatment. You should always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional before starting any new treatment or making any changes to an existing treatment. You should not delay in seeking or disregard medical advice based on information in this article. Cannabis oil is NOT FDA approved for the treatment of any cancer.

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