Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed House Bill 523 into law in June 2016, legalizing medical cannabis in the state. Sales finally began in January 2019.
Takeaways From A Year-Old Cannabis Market
The Buckeye State has run into problems such as patient dissatisfaction in the first year of the state’s medical marijuana program, and the state has declined to add conditions such as anxiety and autism to the list of qualifying conditions.
Since patient registration began in December 2018, over 78,000 have been licensed by the state.
End-of-year data from the state Medical Marijuana Control Program revealed that $58.3 million in product sales had been made as of Jan. 6 across the state’s 46 operating dispensaries.
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While some project Ohio could become a leading cannabis market, the first-year numbers fell well short of nearby Pennsylvania’s $132 million in first-year sales.
Grant Miller, a medical marijuana patient and caregiver liaison for the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, said the state is learning as it goes now that an operational program is in …