Ohio Sold $60 Million in Pot During Its First Year of Medical Cannabis Sales

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You
can’t
say
“Ohio”
without
saying
“high.”

This
week,
newly
released


state
data

showed
that
Ohio
sold
roughly
$58.3
million
in
medical
cannabis
products
during
the
program’s
first
year.
That
number
may
not
look
impressive
given
that
nearby
Maryland
sold
nearly
twice
that
amount
when
it
launched
its
medical
cannabis
program
in
2018,
but
considering
that

smoking

weed
remains
illegal
in
Ohio

even
for
medical
reasons

that
$58.3
figure
is
pretty
decent,
actually.

Ohio’s
medical
marijuana
bill,
signed
by
Gov.
John
Kasich
in


2016
,
only
permits
infused
oils,
topicals,
edibles,
vape
products,
and
flower
for
extraction
or
vaping.
Smokable
flower
is
not
permitted,
and
home
grows
are
banned,
too.

Furthermore,
persistent


weed
demonization

also
contributed
to
Ohio’s
lower-than-expected
sales. 

“[T]here
is
definitely
a
stigma
around
medical
cannabis
and
as
operators
we
are
trying
to
normalize
that
so
patients
understand
you
can
talk
to
your
doctor
about
that,”
Kate
Nelson
(no
relation
to
Willie),
the
president
of
the
pot
company
Greenleaf
Apothecaries,
told



WKYC
.

“When
the
program
started
people
worried
that
this
would
be
like
the
western
states,”
Greenleaf’s
vice
president,
Caroline
Henry,


said
.
“That
people
would
be
smoking
pot
on
street
corners,
and
that
there
would
be
billboards
all
over
advertising
marijuana,
and
children
would
gain
access
to
it.
What
we
have
shown
is
that
this
has
not
happened.”

How
powerful
has


prohibitionist
propaganda

been
in
Ohio?
Out
of
the
state’s
78,000
registered
medical
marijuana
patients,
only
57,000
purchased
legal
cannabis
in
2019.
While
it’s
possible
that
20,000
patients
got
their
weed
from
a
family
member
or
friend
who
also
had
a
medical
weed
card,
that
number
also
suggests
that
some
patients
are
too
scared
to
buy
weed
at
a
dispensary. 

Given
that
the
sky
hasn’t
fallen
in
Ohio,
future
regulations
should
permit
joints,
bongs,
and
pipes
for
patients
if
the
state
wants
to
see
those


rookie
sales
numbers

go
up.
And
seeing
as
there’s
currently
a
petition
to
classify
being
a


Bengals
or
Browns
fan

as
a
qualifying
medical
condition,
we
can
assume
that
the
state
is
starting
to
lighten
up
on
weed,
too. 


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