During last year’s pandemic, Ohio quadrupled its medical cannabis sales in 2019, according to an annual report from Crain in Cleveland. However, the report claims the sum is still far from the state’s potential, highlighting issues such as lack of pharmacies, minimal skill requirements, and high retail costs as the main reasons the Ohio medical cannabis system has felt so lackluster.
For a state of more than 11 million residents, Ohio has only 54 licensed pharmacies, according to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program.
In a survey conducted in Fall 2020, 58.4 percent of patients and caregivers in Ohio said that medical cannabis prices are too high in the state, Cleveland.com reports. The high prices were attributed to behavior when hoarding COVID-19. In addition to the pandemic last spring, long lines started at pharmacies.
Despite high prices, the cost of medical cannabis in Ohio is pretty average when compared to other Midwestern states like Michigan and Illinois, according to Greg McIlvaine of the Ohio Department of Commerce.
“We’re right there in the middle between Michigan and Illinois. We would hope that as our market matures and cultivators and … products become available online, our prices will continue to decline, from about $ 300 an ounce to a little closer to $ 265 an ounce, like in Michigan. “McIlvaine via Cleveland.com
Ohio’s medical cannabis program currently has 22 qualifying conditions – the state added cachexia last year but cautioned that autism and other conditions would not be reviewed until new research is presented.
Lukas is a freelance writer and medical cannabis activist who lives in Tacoma. When he’s not writing about cannabis or working to bring a better medical cannabis system to Washington, he likes to hang up, play adaptive sports, and volunteer with his Tacoma community. He supports national legalization and the opening of the medical cannabis market in all 50 states.