Ohio medical marijuana dispensaries set to double – Hamilton Journal News


The district including Warren County would jump from just one to potentially seven dispensaries. Butler, Darke and Preble counties, which comprise Southwest District 2, could see three new dispensaries for a total of five. The districts which include Clark and Greene counties would each rise from two to three dispensaries.

The state has “far, far exceeded” the 12,000 to 24,000 medical marijuana patients projected during the first two years of the program that opened in April of 2019, Maerten-Moore said.

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At the end of February, the program had 176,000 patients with roughly 7,500 new patients being added each month, according to Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program records.

“We are adding patients at a very quick clip,” Maerten-Moore said.

Callahan said the ability to purchase medical marijuana was a “blessing” but she often must make the rounds to far-flung dispensaries — from Dayton to Springfield to Monroe — in order to find the edibles in stock that allow her to function and maintain a job.

“I have to float between three dispensaries because they’re not all consistent on their products yet,” she said.

Ohio patients can get a medical marijuana recommendation from a certified doctor to treat more than 20 qualifying medical conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder.

As of March 20, the program’s total product sales reached $344 million on 40,475 pounds of plant material and more than 3.1 million units of manufactured product. Average plant cost was $30.46 for 1/10th of an ounce while manufactured sales averaged $42.69 per unit, according to program statistics.

Maerten-Moore said survey results showed patients fall out of the program primarily due to distance from dispensaries and the cost of products.

“If additional dispensaries are added that and patient travel decreases and due to more competition in the

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