The four medical marijuana dispensaries that were open for business, on the first day of sales in Ohio, collectively sold 8.7 pounds of dried cannabis flower. According to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program, that total volume generated $75,000 in sales.
There are 60 licenses available in Ohio, but only four dispensaries were fully approved and stocked with product on January 16, 2018, the historical first day of legal sales. The four dispensaries are:
- CY+ Dispensary, 180 Main St. in Wintersville, OH
- The Forest Sandusky, 1671 Tiffin Ave. in Sandusky, OH
- Ohio Valley Natural Relief, 840 Canton Rd. in Wintersville, OH
- The Botanist, 3840 Greentree Ave. SW in Canton, OH
While products for other methods of delivery, like edibles, capsules, tinctures, and topical lotions may be manufactured in Ohio, dried flower was the only form available on the first day.
The Ohio Tenth
Unlike the regulated markets in states like Colorado and Washington, all medical marijuana flower in the Buckeye State must be sold in packages measured to one-tenth of an ounce, known as the “Ohio tenth.” One-tenth of an ounce is 2.83 grams. This is slightly different than how it is typically done at dispensaries in other legal states, and on the black market, where flower is often sold by the gram, the eighth of an ounce, quarter of an ounce, and so on, all the way up.
The Price You Pay
As initially high prices were shocking to some patients, the cost of medical marijuana in Ohio is expected to drop slightly as more dispensaries open, and a wider variety of products become available.
Joan Caleodis, 55, is credited as the first person to purchase medical marijuana in Ohio. Joan reported that she paid $150.00 for three of the one-tenth ounce packages of the same indica strain. “I’m ecstatic patients are no longer waiting for relief,” Joan said.
Home cultivation remains illegal, so patients have no other legal option but to pay whatever the going rate is for medication at the dispensary. “I understand the need to make back the money they put in, but this is – my god,” said Ken Horner, 65, who drove 3.5 hours from Dayton to CY+ Dispensary in Wintersville.
Are you a patient suffering from one of the conditions that qualify for medical marijuana in Ohio? Do you still need to apply to the program? Follow this link to learn how to get a medical marijuana card in Ohio.
Photo courtesy of Chris Crook