Since its legalization in 2016 with House Bill 523, medical marijuana in Ohio has become a big deal. Thousands of Ohioans are registered with the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program and most have already made their first purchase at a dispensary. However, finding a dispensary that is both close by and trustworthy isn’t always easy and some research may be necessary. 

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Where Can I Find Dispensaries in Ohio?

Here is a current list (as of 03/01/2020) of all Ohio medical marijuana dispensaries open for business:

Locations:

1525 Genntown Drive, Unit B-5, Lebanon, OH 45036

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Locations:

737 E. North Street, Akron, OH 44305

1361 Georgesville Road, Columbus, OH 43228

1238 Conant Street, Maumee, OH 43537

382 Blackbrook Road, Painesville, OH 44077

403 South Main Street, Seven Mile, OH 45011

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Locations:

3840 Greentree Ave SW, Unit 4, Canton, OH

30133 Euclid Avenue, Unit C, Wickliffe, OH

3865 Lakeside Avenue East, Cleveland, OH

115 Vine Street, Columbus, OH

46 South Summit Street, Akron, OH

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Locations:

3 Acy Avenue, Jackson, OH 45640

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Locations:

709 Sugar Lane, Elyria, Ohio 44035

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Locations:

180 Main St, Steubenville, OH 43953

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Locations:

1088 N High Street, Hillsboro, OH 45133

 

  • Eagle Dispensary

Locations:

502 Dixie Hwy, Wapakoneta, OH 45895

 

Locations: 

1651 Tiffin Ave, Sandusky, OH 44870

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Locations:

1865 Dresden Ave, East Liverpool, OH 43920

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Locations:

2932 Youngstown Rd SE, Warren, Ohio 44484

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  • Have A Heart Cincy

Locations:

8420 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45216

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  • Leaf Relief

Locations:

4323 Market St, Youngstown, OH 44512

 

Locations:

5604 Airway Rd, Riverside, OH 45431

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Locations:

23024 CR 621, Suite 1, Coshocton, OH 43812

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Locations:

1250 N 21st Street, Newark, OH 43055

 

Locations:

3560 Dolson Court, Suite B, Carroll, OH 43112

 

Locations:

840 Canton Rd, Wintersville, OH 43953

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Locations:

1875 Needmore Rd, Dayton, Ohio 45414

1711 W. Main St, Springfield, Ohio 45504

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Locations:

1222 Prospect Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115

11818 Madison Ave., Lakewood, OH 44107

1920 Cooper Foster Park Road, Lorain, OH 44053

3157 West Sylvania, Toledo, OH 43613

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Locations:

1155 North Main Street, Bowling Green, OH, 43402

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Locations:

333 Wayne Ave, Dayton, OH 45410

245 W. Main St, Logan, OH 43138

414 Greene Street, Marietta, OH 45750

300 N. Main Street, Monroe, OH 45050

 

Locations:

656 Grandview Ave, Columbus, OH 43215

10500 Antenucci Blvd #200, Garfield Heights, OH 44125

1800 E State St, Fremont, OH 43420

183 Raydo Circle, Springfield, OH 45506

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Locations:

1243 North Cassady Avenue, Columbus, OH 43219

326 James Way, Marion, OH 43302

1546 W Church St, Newark, OH 43055

5149 Kennedy Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45213

1641 N Bridge St, Chillicothe, OH 45601

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Locations:

5431 Ridge Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45213

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Locations:

1851 Steinway Blvd SE, Canton, OH 44707

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How are Dispensaries Founded?

 

In Ohio, dispensaries are subject to a wide variety of laws to ensure the patient is receiving high quality marijuana. To start, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy is only allowed sixty provisional licenses to award prospective dispensaries. They may increase this number now that the program has been up and running, but must consider the number of dispensaries, state population, and the number of patients seeking marijuana before doing so [1].

 

The Board of Pharmacy is the main entity behind the distribution arm of the OMMCP and acted as the main judge for which dispensary applicants were granted licenses. The applications were judged on four points: business plan, compliance and enforcement, patient care, and their patient care plan. This essentially means that those dispensaries that are now operational are the best the state has to offer. 

 

What Forms of Marijuana are Available at Dispensaries?

 

Ohio dispensaries are able to carry several forms of marijuana. These forms are full flower plant matter, tinctures, edibles, oils/concentrates, and patches. Each form has its own pros and cons which are important to know before using. 

 

Plant Matter 

 

Plant matter is most likely the most abundant form of medical marijuana and the most affordable in most places. Though it is illegal to smoke the flower, it is still possible to vaporize in a similar way. Using the full flower may also have a big advantage over other forms, studies show that by ingesting the full spectrum of cannabinoids in marijuana, there may be a cooperative effect that enhances the benefits of the plant. This has been called the “entourage effect” [2]. 

 

Tinctures 

 

Tinctures are unique in their method of application. By using a dropper to carefully place a few drops under the tongue, the cannabinoids in marijuana are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and are able to bypass the digestive system altogether (an important factor in pharmaceuticals). Studies have found that sublingual application also increases bioavailability and drug response [3]. 

 

Edibles

 

Edibles may be the second most famous form of marijuana, and for good reason. They are easy to ingest, come in a variety of shapes and doses, and have a wide availability. Compared to other forms, edibles will likely take the longest to “hit” due to their absorption through the digestive system. This also results in some changes to the chemicals, causing new forms of THC to be made, which some researchers believe causes the stronger and longer lasting highs of high THC edibles [4].

 

Oils & Concentrates 

 

Oils and concentrates are similar and may come in full spectrum or cannabinoid-only varieties. These forms allow for stronger doses in less volume compared to other forms and should be used with care. It is much easier to take too much of a concentrate compared to plant matter. 

 

Patches & Topicals

 

Patches and topicals are generally used for skin or other superficial problems. Some research shows CBD as being effective in helping manage certain skin and muscle conditions like dryness, soreness, and inflammation. Some also believe that patches may help those with acne and aging as well. It is important to note, though, that the user will most likely not feel any effects of the patch outside of the area it has been placed on. 

 

In Conclusion

 

Dispensaries are an important and highly regulated part of the Ohio medical marijuana program. They are responsible for not only providing quality products, but helping and guiding patients as well. They are allowed to sell several different products, each in a range of doses, and each also having their own pros and cons. If you are considering medical marijuana, it is important to speak with a certified medical marijuana physician about which form may be best for you. 

 

Cited Works

[1] https://www.medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov/Documents/ProvisionalDispensaryLicenses/Dispensary%20Award%20Process%20-%20FAQ.pdf 

[2] https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/An-entourage-effect%3A-inactive-endogenous-fatty-acid-Ben-Shabat-Fride/c8bb39c56e5fbcfb2363488db6d62bc584a35d86

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2198789/

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2689518/