Ohio medical marijuana patients claim lack of access is leading to more arrests

Medical marijuana patients in Ohio say that a lack of access to legal cannabis is leading them to seek legal cannabis from other states, and some are being arrested for their trouble. With Ohio’s medical marijuana program in its infancy, so far only eight dispensaries have been licensed by the state to provide cannabis to patients. With short supplies and high prices at those outlets, some patients are traveling to neighboring Michigan for their medicine.


Guns or cannabis? Ohio patients must choose

Guns or cannabis?

That's the choice facing some medical marijuana patients as the first legal cannabis dispensaries in the Cincinnati area prepare to open in the coming weeks.

Federal law prohibits gun purchases or the possession of firearms by illegal drug users or addicts.

Surely, that doesn't include registered medical marijuana patients in Ohio, does it?


Federal law, which supersedes state statues, still classifies marijuana as an illegal Schedule 1 controlled substance.

Consequently, using or possessing marijuana and firearms at the same time is illegal, regardless of whether the state has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use for medicinal purposes.


Why is Ohio's medical marijuana so pricey?

Ohio's medical marijuana program is often praised for being highly regulated.

But longtime cannabis activist Amy Wolfinbarger said Tuesday the regulations governing Ohio's newest industry may not be helping the people who need marijuana the most.

"A lot of our patients are disabled," Wolfinbarger said. "They're living on fixed incomes and the cost for their medication is very difficult for them to obtain. ... Nothing is covered by medical insurance, not even your doctor's visit."

New numbers from the state show the average price for a pound of cannabis is $7,528 or $470 an ounce, not including tax.


High prices keep many out of legal cannabis market

As Ohio’s medical marijuana industry finally takes off, some patients and advocates are griping about costs that put it out of reach for many people.

A steep price tag stems partly from the lack of competition, as Ohio only has seven dispensaries spread throughout the state, mostly in rural areas, experts said. Costs are expected to drop as more dispensaries open and the industry finds its footing.

In the meantime, patients openly acknowledge buying the drug on the black market while they wait for prices to come down. And without insurance to cover the expense, some worry that low-income people might never be able to afford medical cannabis.


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Denver dispensary caught red-handed trying to have its cake and eat it too

Members of the legal cannabis trade can sometimes still find themselves jammed up in the criminal justice system when they let greed get the best of them.

Just last Friday, three Denver dispensary owners were sentenced to a year in prison after facilitating marijuana sales intended for the black market. It is a case that officials are calling the first local prosecution of a legal marijuana operation in the United States, according to the Associated Press.


Pot owners plead guilty in unique charges vs. legal business

The owners of a Denver marijuana business pleaded guilty Friday to drug and racketeering charges and will spend a year in prison in what city officials called the first local prosecution of a legal pot enterprise in the U.S.

A yearlong investigation of Sweet Leaf‚Äôs sales practices centred on a practice known as ‚Äúlooping,‚ÄĚ where a customer purchases the maximum amount of marijuana that Colorado law permits and repeatedly returns to the same retailer to purchase more on the same day. Prosecutors believe people using the strategy at Sweet Leaf locations purchased more than 2 tons of marijuana intended for sale on the black market.


Ohio medical cannabis dispensaries sell $75,000 of product on first day

Ohio’s medical marijuana program are finally up and running after a long waiting period. The first four medical cannabis dispensaries that opened on Wednesday sold through $75,000 of dried cannabis product on the first day.

That number accounts for nearly 8.7 pounds and works out to being approximately $538 per ounce. The Shops did not sell out on the first day.

The four dispensaries that opened Wednesday are:

  • CY+ Dispensary, 180 Main St. in Wintersville
  • The Forest Sandusky, 1671 Tiffin Ave. in Sandusky
  • Ohio Valley Natural Relief, 840 Canton Rd. in Wintersville
  • The Botanist, 3840 Greentree Ave.. SW in Canton

Ohio plans to eventually have close to 60 medical marijuana shops with seven in Greater Cincinnati.


Everything you ever wanted to know about medical marijuana in Ohio

The first Ohio medical marijuana dispensaries are set to open Wednesday. 

Whether you are a patient ready to purchase or just a curious citizen, let's take a look back at what we know so far, before the first big sale.


Medical marijuana hits market in Ohio this week

The state's roll out of medical marijuana has hit plenty of delays. However, the first medicinal marijuana patients are likely to have recommendation filled this week. Here's a look at what to expect.

Editor's note: This is the first of a three-part series examining medicinal marijuana in Ohio, which is expected to be available this week.

The long wait is almost over for supporters of medical marijuana in Ohio.

After months of delays, the first batches of medical cannabis are expected to be sold this week to approved patients.

The state initially wanted marijuana products available in dispensaries by September. But thanks to delays, the state's cannabis growers didn't get started until last summer, and marijuana takes months to cultivate.


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