Marijuana, for medical purposes, is now legal in Ohio. What does that mean for patients? Who is eligible for a medical marijuana registry card? What is a dispensary? Separate myth from fact and get your questions answered with Dr. Karen Korn, Executive Director and CEO of Leaf Medic; Audra Sparks, Medical Cannabis Director at Leaf Medic; and Emilie Ramach, Founder and CEO of Compassionate Alternatives.
Leaf Medic provides Ohio medical marijuana industry training that ensures cannabis industry personnel are prepared to successfully meet the needs of medical cannabis patients. Korn and Sparks write curriculum that is focused on developing a patient-centered industry. Emilie's organization, Compassionate Alternatives, is a non-profit that emphasizes patient access.
Dr. Korn has been a teacher, researcher, and educational leader for over two decades. In preparation for the launch of the medical cannabis program in Ohio, Dr. Korn completed training for the Patient Focused Certification Core Cannabis Training certificate, Patient Focused Care Verified Professional Curriculum certificate, Patient Focused Care Staff Training Program for Distribution Operations certificate, and the CCC Patient and Caregiver Education certificate from Americans for Safe Access. Dr. Korn's ample experience in teaching and instructional design for subjects spanning from Sustainability Studies to Marketing make her uniquely qualified as an educator in Ohio's medical cannabis industry.
Audra began her career as a State Medical Board of Ohio Certified Licensed Massage Therapist. After a serious hand injury outside of work left her unable to continue as a massage therapist, Audra enrolled at Bowling Green State University and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies. Inspired by her concern for the environment and sustainability, Audra earned a Masters Degree in environmental law and policy at the Vermont Law School. Audra is a chronic pain sufferer and began researching the therapeutic uses of cannabis when the rumblings of a medical cannabis program began in Ohio in 2015.
Emilie Ramach is the Founder & CEO of Compassionate Alternatives. Driven by past personal health adversity, she has been a cannabis reform activist for the past decade. Emilie has been involved with various political campaigns and committees, patient education, and legislative policy discussions. As a mother, she focuses primarily on the research and advocacy of the benefits of pediatric use. Emilie is honored to use her knowledge to educate parents, patients, and medical professionals on the many benefits of medical cannabis.