Medical marijuana: What you should know

The Westlake Garden Club welcomes Dr. Dvora Nelson, M.D., co-founder of the Lakewood Medical Clinic, who will discuss Ohio’s newly implemented medical marijuana program. Join us for this free program at Westlake Porter Public Library on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 7-8:30 p.m.

Dr. Nelson appeared on Ideastream’s "The Sound of Ideas" this past July to shed light on how medical cannabis can alleviate suffering from a range of severe and chronic conditions. She touched on the importance of working with your state-approved doctor who will evaluate your eligibility. Because there are many strains of cannabis, it is important to make sure the product you get is tailored to your disease or condition for the best possible outcome.

Currently, medical cannabis is not covered by insurance but is still an affordable option for many patients. Dr. Nelson will go over a few of the more prevalent conditions from which patients seek relief. Ohio currently recognizes 21 qualifying conditions that may be eligible for a medical cannabis recommendation.

Founded in 1963, the Garden Club is dedicated to fostering beauty in the garden and home, and promoting horticultural education, civic beauty and community conservation. Regular Garden Club meetings are held at Westlake Porter Public Library on the third Wednesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. (March through December). "Medical Marijuana" is the second in a three-part series of evening presentations. Join us for the final program on Nov. 20, "Owls of Ohio," presented by Jim Tomko, president of the Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland. 

Space is limited. Please register by calling Westlake Library at 440-871-2600 or clicking on “Attend Events” at For questions regarding Garden Club events or membership, please call Kathy Bruening at 440-385-7566 or at

Joanne Penkalski

Adult Service staff at WPPL working on general interest programming for our patrons and community.

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Volume 11, Issue 19, Posted 9:14 AM, 10.01.2019