The survey was also conducted in 2019, when 48% of respondents said they were “extremely dissatisfied” with the medical marijuana program. Hrdinová said the number of people who were happy with the program went up in 2020.
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About a third of people surveyed this year said they were satisfied with the program.
Hrdinová said the study skews toward people in favor of legalizing marijuana and is not necessarily reflective of the general Ohio population. A few respondents said they had a moral objection with using marijuana.
Eighty-six percent of surveyed Ohioans reported a qualifying condition under the medical marijuana program. The majority of respondents with a qualifying condition reported that they had chronic, severe or intractable pain.
Medical marijuana became legal in Ohio on Sept. 8, 2016 when House Bill 523 became law and created the framework for the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program. As of Aug. 17, the most recent data available, more than 21,000 pounds of plant material have been sold, totaling $176.1 million in product sales since the beginning of the medical marijuana program.
“If you ask people whether they would prefer to buy from legal sources, people are not generally unwilling to become customers of legal dispensaries. What’s preventing them from doing so is the illegality on the federal level and the high price,” Hrdinová said. “I think the take away should be, if medical dispensaries could lower the price of the product, they might see a bigger influx of patients.”
Larry Pegram, owner and CEO of Pure Ohio Wellness, said the medical marijuana industry is extremely expensive to get into and that is why prices remain high.
“Most businesses are just trying to recoup the costs from starting up,” Pegram said. “The up-front costs
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