ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — Ohio officials have said the state’s medical marijuana program won’t be ready to launch by the Sept. 8 deadline, but people at the future dispensaries like Verilife on Ridge Road in Columbia Township, Ohio, are still hard at work getting ready.
Verilife is owned by the Illinois-based Pharmacann. Despite a delay in licensing Ohio’s 25 approved cultivators, Pharmacann expects to be selling products in Columbia Township in just a few months.
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The company also operates in Illinois and New York. Their model dispensary opened just last month in Arlington Heights, Illinois. They gave 9 On Your Side a sneak peak for an idea of what it will be like for their medical marijuana patients in Ohio.
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“It’s completely separate from when you think of a dispensary when you look at the West Coast model and you see the big things where they’re scooping out (marijuana),” said Dan Militello, Pharmacann’s Illinois dispensary district manager.
Verilife in Columbia Township
Their Verilife shops in Ohio will look less like a vape shop and more like an office.
“It’s somewhere where we want you to be comfortable,” Militello said.
Their model shop in Illinois features a comfortable waiting area up front, and plenty of literature about the state’s medical marijuana program. Behind the check-in desk, there are several private rooms where patients will meet with employees.
“Cannabis is different, it’s not a fix-all-the-same-thing for every single patient, so you want that one-on-one kind of feedback so we can figure out what’s working for you, what’s