Medical Marijuana in Ohio: What You Need to Know
April 22nd, 2019
Ohio became the 25th state in the country to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes with the passage of House Bill 523 in June of 2016. But actual sales only started in the beginning of 2019. Recreational marijuana use remains illegal, although 2020 legislation may change that and possession of up to 100 grams has been decriminalized since 1975 as a misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $150. Personal cultivation also remains illegal in Ohio.
Medical Marijuana Regulations in Ohio
Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP) regulates who may obtain a medical marijuana card while the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy regulates the dispensaries themselves. Patients must see a physician that has an active Certificate to Recommend (CTR) from the state and then be diagnosed with one of the 20 qualifying medical conditions. Registration for the medical marijuana program carries an annual fee of $50 for patients and $25 for caregivers. Patients may then purchase medicinal marijuana products from state-licensed dispensaries with a valid Certificate of Operation.
How Many Medical Marijuana Patients are there in Ohio?
As of early 2019, over 17,000 patients have registered for the medical marijuana program in Ohio, according to the Marijuana Policy Project. This number is projected to grow as the program expands, especially since many parts of the state still do not have dispensaries or other facilities when medical marijuana can be obtained. The implementation of the medical marijuana programs in Ohio was very slow to roll out and the state allowed residents to travel to neighboring Michigan to purchase products and bring it back. Once the Ohio program is fully operational, the number of registered and active medical marijuana patients in the state is projected to be much higher.
What is the Potential for Recreational Marijuana in Ohio?
A proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana for recreational use in Ohio was certified by the Attorney General in 2018. The amendment would make the possession, production, and transportation of cannabis legal for all adults 21 and older. Experts expect that this legislation will pass in 2020, allowing for recreational sale facilities to begin serving the state as well. Just in the first few months since the first medical dispensary opened in January of 2019, nearly 4 million dollars of sales in marijuana products were recorded in the state. A recreationally legal market would be much larger with substantial sales to both residents and tourists expected in major urban areas like Cleveland and Cincinnati. According to the Ohio Cannabis Association, the marijuana market will reach $2 billion within the next couple of years in Ohio.
Marijuana Dispensaries in Ohio
The Botanist – Canton 3840 Greentree Ave Sw Unit 4Canton, Oh, 44706 330-623-7430
The Botanist – Wickliffe 30133 Euclid Avenue – Unit C Wickliffe, Ohio 44094 440-671-0420
Ohio Cannabis Company 23024 Co Rd 621 – Suite 1Coshocton, OH 43812 740-295-9182
CY+ Medical Marijuana Dispensary 180 Main StreetWintersville, OH 43953 740-617-8649
Terrasana Labs 10500 Antenucci Rd – Suite 200 Garfield Heights, OH 44125 216-232-2527
Terrasana Labs 1800 E State St. Fremont, OH 43420 419-463-2703
Terrasana Labs 656 Grandview Ave. Columbus, OH 43215 614-434-6929
Ohio Valley Natural Relief 840 Canton Rd. Wintersville, OH 43953 740-792-4267
Clubhouse Dispensary 709 Sugar LaneElyria, Ohio 44035 440-252-4046
FRX Health 1865 Dresden AveEast Liverpool, Ohio 43920 724-655-3335
Buckeye Botanicals 3 Acy AveJackson, Ohio 45640 740-577-9367
Ohio Marijuana Advocacy Groups and Resources
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