Ohio Medical Marijuana Patients Claim Lack of Access is Leading to More Arrests
Medical marijuana patients in Ohio say that a lack of access to legal cannabis is leading them to seek legal cannabis from other states, and some are being arrested for their trouble. With Ohio’s medical marijuana program in its infancy, so far only eight dispensaries have been licensed by the state to provide cannabis to patients. With short supplies and high prices at those outlets, some patients are traveling to neighboring Michigan for their medicine.
Located near the Ohio border, Morenci, Michigan has three cannabis dispensaries to serve the town’s population of 2,200 residents. Abigail Mull, manager of Stateline Wellness, told local media that much of the dispensary’s clientele is from the Buckeye State.
“Since day one it’s been more Ohio (patients) just because we are right there on the border,” Mull said. “So it’s nice and convenient for them – they don’t have to go up to Ann Arbor or Detroit.”
At Cannakings, another provisioning center (as dispensaries are known in Michigan) in Morenci, manager Kyle Schaffner said that a majority of the people the shop serves are from out of state.
“We have 2700 patients – (Ohio patients) are probably 60 percent of it,” said Schaffner.
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