Medical Marijuana Dispensaries: The 401

(New Philadelphia, Ohio) – Dispensaries’ are now opening across the state of Ohio so, what are they? How do they work? What exactly will be available?

The Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition is dedicated to informing the public with the answers to these questions and more.

What is a dispensary?

A medical marijuana dispensary is a licensed facility that dispenses medical marijuana products. It differs from a traditional pharmacy in that the products are not dispensed by a pharmacist but rather individuals with minimal training.

Where will they be located?

The first four Ohio dispensaries opened on Wednesday, January 16th: two in Wintersville, and one in Sandusky, and one in Canton.

What is in the products?

The products currently available through the dispensaries contain pure THC, the component in marijuana that creates a high. Therefore, use of the dispensary products will lead to an impairment that can cause driving, operating machinery and other activities to be dangerous.

What will be available?

Dispensaries will sell medical marijuana plant material for vaping and baking. It’s important to note that vaping will likely become the preferred method of using the medical marijuana products.

How will it work?

Patients with 21 of the qualifying health conditions including epilepsy, cancer and chronic pain, can buy and use marijuana after registering with a doctor certified to recommend medical marijuana in Ohio. Two doctors based out of Tuscarawas County are able to do so. Patients and their caregivers will be able to possess up to a 90-day supply.

What else?

  • Ohio law prohibits smoking marijuana or growing it at home.
  • Dispensary applicants paid a $5,000 fee for each application and licensees will pay a $70,000 license fee every other year.
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not recognized or approved the marijuana plant as medicine.

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