Medical marijuana dispensaries

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Since the state passed a medical marijuana law in 2016, not many growing sites, processing facilities and dispensaries have been approved by the state. This delay is slowing down the expansion of the cannabis industry. 

Tess Bennett's article "A Budding Industry" in the Devil Strip outlines the state of the medical marijuana industry in Akron. She said the state's not to blame because of how new the regulation process is for Ohio. "Road bumps are to be expected," Bennett said.

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A sixth medical marijuana dispensary will soon be opening in Ohio. The state is starting to learn more about the patients who are seeking medical marijuana to treat any of 21 qualifying conditions.


There are only four medical marijuana dispensaries open in Ohio at this point but in the last two weeks they’ve sold more than a half million dollars worth of product.

The latest figures from the Ohio Medical Marijuana Program show more than $502,000 in medical marijuana has been sold since dispensaries opened on January 16th.

More than 68 pounds of product has been distributed. The amounts and types of medical marijuana product available in the dispensaries are still limited at this point because processors have not ramped up their operations. 

Medical marijuana flowers at AT-CPC of Ohio in North Akron.

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.

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Medical marijuana began being sold this week, but some hospitals are not allowing their doctors to recommend it. Akron Children's is not one of them.

Dr. Sarah Friebert, Director of Palliative Pediatric Care at Akron Children’s, is one of two doctors at the hospital with the license to recommend medical marijuana. She obtained the certificate to help children with very serious or terminal illnesses.  

At this time, Friebert is not recommending marijuana as a primary medical therapy. She also says she does not recommend the plant unless parents approach her about it first.

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Four more medical marijuana dispensaries have been awarded licenses from the state. These businesses are now close to opening their doors.

The Ohio Pharmacy Board has awarded certificates of operation to planned medical marijuana dispensaries in Canton, Wickliffe, Sandusky and Wintersville. The Wintersville dispensary is the second in that eastern Ohio town to be awarded a certificate of operation.

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None of the 56 medical marijuana dispensaries planned for under the state’s new Medical Marijuana Program are operating yet. But that’s not stopping some doctors from writing recommendations for patients who can ultimately use the drug when it does become available. 

There are nearly 300 doctors who have been certified by the state to recommend medical marijuana for patients with 21 specific conditions. Connor Shore represents a group of eight doctors throughout the state who are already doing that.

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Despite a top rating from the state and support of the ward councilmember, Akron’s planning department is trying to stop a medical marijuana dispensary from opening in downtown. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports