CINCINNATI – Ohio will officially go green Wednesday with the first sales of medical marijuana.
Right now, dispensaries can only sell marijuana buds, which patients can vaporize, but not smoke.
“We’ve been contacted by patients via phone, via email, through our website and our dispensary professionals follow-up with everyone of them to make sure they’re prepared for their visit,” said Erik Vaughan, CEO of The Forest Sandusky.
Of the 56 licensed dispensaries statewide, only a few are ready for business.
These are the four locations opening Wednesday:
- The Botanist – 3840 Greentree Ave. in Canton
- The Forest Sandusky – 1651 Tiffin Ave. in Sandusky
- CY+ – 180 Main St. in Wintersville
- Ohio Valley Natural Relief LLC – 840 Canton Rd, also in Wintersville
All locations are at least a three and a half hour drive from Cincinnati.
“There are patients that can’t really go that far out to get their medicine,” said Joan Caleodis.
Caleodis suffers from a rare form of multiple sclerosis. She will be the first to buy cannabis at one of the locations Wednesday.
Patients will need their state-issued ID, registry card and cash.
“I was taking 16 pills a day at one point for a disease that there was no FDA approved meds for, and I just got to the point where I was done with these meds,” she said.
She’s found relief with cannabis oils and hopes this step will help improve the lives of other patients in Ohio.
“It’s a great win for patients in Ohio. It definitely is. And I know there’s a stigma, but we’re not stoners. We wanna feel better. We don’t want to be in pain,” she said.
Locations are expecting big crowds Wednesday so some are placing a limit on how much you can buy.
As the program expands, so will the medicinal merchandise.
A fifth dispensary will open later this week in Wickliffe, which is north of Cleveland.
No exact date was given, but a spokesperson with Greenleaf Apothecaries says it will be a second location of The Botanist.
Three dispensaries are slated to open in Hamilton County.
Only one, Pharmacann Ohio LLC, returned our phone calls.
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