VERMILION — The state certified 54 physicians, including one in Lorain County, to recommend medical marijuana on Wednesday.
Ann Dorobek, of Mercy Health Vermilion Primary Care, was among those receiving certification from the State Medical Board of Ohio. She is the second physician in Lorain County to do so.
Gynecologist Corie Kovach, who in April became the first in the county to be certified, works for Mercy Health Sheffield Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Mercy Health issued the same statement regarding each certification:
“Marijuana remains illegal under federal law and the federal government has indicated it will enforce federal laws against the drug in states that have decriminalized its production and sale, including for medical purposes. Given that, Mercy Health is not at this time asking its physicians to undergo the two-hour training program.”
According to the state’s Medical Marijuana Program, applicants must complete at least two hours of medical education on diagnosing qualifying conditions, treating those conditions with medical marijuana and understanding possible drug interactions.
Dorobek graduated from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1998 and specializes in family medicine and dermatology. She could not be reached for comment.