medical marijuana

First Medical Marijuana Sold In Ohio As Dispensaries Open

Jan 17, 2019
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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One of the first, if not the first, person to purchase medical marijuana in Ohio on Wednesday morning thinks the much-anticipated opening of dispensaries is a "great day" for the state.

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Four different medical marijuana dispensaries are set to open for business at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Two are in the Eastern Ohio town of Wintersville, while others are in Sandusky and Canton.

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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Four medical marijuana dispensaries have been awarded licenses from the state of Ohio, bringing the total number of approved locations to five. With the first harvest being tested, the business are close to opening their doors.

The first of 56 medical marijuana dispensaries may open this week in Eastern Ohio.

With the first legal sale of medical marijuana in Ohio expected to occur as early as next week, the Cleveland Clinic wants its patients to know that its doctors will not be prescribing it. 

Dr. Paul Terpeluk, Medical Director of Employee Health Services at the Cleveland Clinic, said many of the Clinic's patients have asked whether they can get a script for medical marijuana. For now, he said, the official answer is: "Not yet."

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The state medical board is reviewing petitions asking that opioid addiction, autism, depression and other conditions be treated with medical marijuana use in Ohio.

The Ins And Outs Of Medical Marijuana

Jan 9, 2019

More than 3,000 Ohio residents have activated their medical marijuana registry cards -- a necessary step in the process in the Buckeye State. 

Twenty-one conditions -- from post-traumatic stress disorder to glaucoma  -- all of which are set forth in state regulations, qualify patients for medical marijuana in Ohio.  We talk about how physicians and dispensary employees are prepared to manage the demand and the questions. Coming up, how medical marijuana works in Ohio.   

Medical Marijuana In Ohio

Jan 3, 2019

Ohio’s medical marijuana program is picking up steam after a delayed rollout in 2018.


More than 3,500 Ohio residents have registered and the Ohio Department of Commerce officials predicts that product will be available within the month.


For many, the next step is recreational pot.


Coming up on All Sides, we take a look at how other states have moved from medical to recreational marijuana and how Ohio might - or not - follow suit. 


Lieutenant governor-elect Jon Husted and governor-elect Mike DeWine celebrate at the Ohio Republican Party event, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss their picks for the top political stories of 2018.

After months of delays, patients could be able to get legal medical marijuana in Ohio in a matter of days. 

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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State officials say doctors have submitted nearly 4,500 recommendations in the medical marijuana patient and caregiver registry for Ohio.

Ohio Approves First Medical Marijuana Testing Lab

Dec 21, 2018
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Ohio has approved the first testing lab for medical marijuana in the state.

Two of the three medical marijuana dispensaries in the City of Cincinnati are making preparations to open in the first quarter of next year. The other is working toward opening in the first half of 2019.

An environmental laboratory in Streetsboro is hoping to pass an inspection next week that will allow it to test medical marijuana.

Department of Commerce and State inspectors will visit North Coast Environmental Laboratory on December 19.

Spokesperson Joe Moorhead said the inspectors will be searching for everything the lab put in its application. If they fail, the lab can potentially lose its ability to achieve a medical marijuana license.  

Ohio Certifies First Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Dec 13, 2018

State regulators have given the green light to the first medical marijuana dispensary in Ohio.