COLUMBUS, Ohio – In a good sign for proponents of the Ohio medical marijuana program, new state numbers show 57% of the people who are on the registry or in the process of getting registered are buying product from state-licensed dispensaries.
State regulators said last week there were 53,082 patients being registered — which involves going to a program-participating doctor for a recommendation for marijuana — or have completed the registration — which involves paying the state a registration fee and activating the marijuana e-card. And 30,284 people who had purchased from dispensaries.
Of the 53,082:
- 3,432 were military veterans, who qualify for a fee reduction.
- 2,042 were low-income, who can qualify for a fee reduction.
- 271 had a terminal diagnosis.
There have been $18 million in plant and other product sales since the dispensaries opened in mid-January to Aug. 4. That includes 2,144