medical marijuana

Vape cartridges are on display durIng the CBD Express store grand opening in Salem, Ore.
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CBD oil-infused gummy bears, lattes and other food, drinks and dietary supplements are selling quickly even though the U.S. government says they're illegal and local authorities have forced some retailers to pull products. The confusion has the nation's two largest states, along with Ohio, moving to legalize the cannabis compound that many see as beneficial to their health.

The first of several medical marijuana dispensaries is about a month away from opening for business in Springfield. Pure Ohio Wellness LLC would be the first to open in Southwest Ohio. 

A few other dispensaries are already operating in other parts of the state. Some Dayton addiction centers say they have concerns as the dispensaries begin operations.

Adam Brezak, manager of the Cuyahoga Falls Herbology location, has worked with the company's branches in Illinois. The company is also opening a dispensary near Columbus.
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The first medical marijuana dispensary in Summit County is ready to open, in a storefront near Chapel Hill Mall. Herbology – which has more than a dozen dispensaries in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Maryland – is awaiting state approval for its location in Cuyahoga Falls to begin supplying the drug to patients.

Terrasana is Central Ohio's first medical marijuana dispensary, and the 10th in the state.
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Customers lined up as early as 6 a.m. for the opening of Columbus’ first medical marijuana dispensary Tuesday morning. Terrasana on Grandview Avenue is the 10th dispensary operating in the state.

Emily Ramach inside Terrasana, the first medical marijuana dispensary in Columbus.
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Emily Ramach guides a tour through Terrasana – the first medical marijuana dispensary in Columbus.

John Boehner has been known to enjoy the occasional adult beverage. He famously nicknamed his negotiations over raising the nation's debt ceiling in 2011 the "Nicorettes and Merlot sessions." Nicorette because that's what President Obama would chew during the talks. Merlot because that was the drink of choice for the former speaker of the House.

As marijuana becomes legal around the country, blacks and Latinos are often left out of new business opportunities. Advocates say people of color are often reluctant to join the growing legal marijuana economy because they were targeted far more often than whites during the war on drugs. Studies show members of such communities were arrested and jailed for illegal marijuana use far more often than whites.

A clerk reaches for a container of marijuana buds for a customer at Utopia Gardens, a medical marijuana dispensary, in Detroit, on Oct. 2, 2018.
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It’s been more than a month now since medical marijuana was available for sale in some parts of Ohio, and the sales continue to climb.

Wellness Wednesday: Medical Marijuana Education And More

Feb 13, 2019
Marijuana plants
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E-cigarette companies brand their products as healthy alternatives to smoking.

A Texas man recently died after the battery in his vape pen exploded. And a new study found that e-cigarettes help some people quit, but when it comes to nicotine addiction, the results are unclear.

Do e-cigarettes pose more risks than benefits?

Today on All Sides Wellness Wednesday, the dangers of e-cigarettes, medical marijuana education and more.

A clerk reaches for a container of marijuana buds for a customer at Utopia Gardens, a medical marijuana dispensary, in Detroit, on Oct. 2, 2018.
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There are now six dispensaries open in Ohio, with the latest one in East Liverpool opening last week. And the sales at those facilities continue to be brisk.

In a small Wickliffe strip mall, tucked between a tax account’s office and a diner, the first medical marijuana dispensary in Greater Cleveland, called The Botanist, quietly opened for business on Wednesday.

Despite a constant drizzle of rain, and the only signage being a small plaque by the door, more than 50 people showed up in the dispensary’s first hour of business. Because only a limited number of people were allowed to be inside the store at a time, a line of about a dozen people formed outside. 

Joan Caleodis, of Martin's Ferry, Ohio, celebrates after making one of the first patient purchases of Ohio's Medical Marijuana program at Cresco Labs CY+ dispensary in Wintersville, Ohio, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.
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There are only four medical marijuana dispensaries open in Ohio at this point but in the last three weeks, they’ve sold more than a half million dollars worth of product.

Ohio law says medical marijuana can be used to treat specific conditions in children. But what happens when those kids need to take a dose of it while they are attending school? The answer is unclear.

The first medical marijuana harvest took place Monday in Akron. Elected officials and the media toured the 43,000 square foot facility to take in the ceremonial cutting of the first bud.

Carmen Fultz, an employee of Buckeye Relief LLC, sorts the male and female marijuana plants inside a Veg Room, in Eastlake, Ohio.
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Medical marijuana advocates and health care providers gathered in Cleveland over the weekend for the first Ohio Marijuana Expo.