Former Ohio governor John Kasich signed HB523 in 2016, legalizing medical marijuana use by patients with any of a number of qualifying conditions including Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, seizure disorders, cancer, fibromyalgia, and HIV/AIDS.
Chicago-based Cresco Labs announced on December 11, 2018 that they had been granted the first approval to open a medicinal cannabis dispensary in the state of Ohio.
Just over a month after their announcement, Cresco is set to open their premier Ohio dispensary at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, January 16 in Wintersville.
“Receiving the first approval to operate is a major milestone in the transformation of the cannabis program in Ohio,” said Cresco Labs CEO Charles Bachtell in a news release. “This is also a big step forward for Cresco along our path of unparalleled speed to market, powerful influence in industry development, and proven execution in consumer markets.”
The dispensary, located at 180 Main Street, will only have flower available for purchase until companies to manufacture other cannabis products are established. Patients should expect long lines on the first day and will need to bring their doctor’s recommendation, photo identification, and registry barcode.
“At Cresco, we pride ourselves on understanding the individual needs of each and every one of our patients,” said Bachtell. “Our Wintersville staff is trained by leading cannabis doctors and researchers across the country to advance our mission of normalizing and professionalizing the cannabis industry for consumers.”
Even as Cresco gets ready to open their first medical cannabis outlet in Ohio, The Botanist is also preparing to open a chain of dispensaries in Akron, Columbus, Cleveland, Canton, and Wickliffe.