Going into an Ohio Dispensary Without a Medical Marijuana Card Will Be Illegal

The state of Ohio is still working out rules for how to handle their medical marijuana industry, but it appears one thing that will be included is a ban on non-patients entering dispensaries.

New regulations set to take place in Ohio will prevent anyone who is not a registered medical marijuana patient or caregiver from entering a cannabis dispensary once legal medical sales begin. If you are not a registered medical marijuana patient who goes to a dispensary with someone who is a patient, you will be required to stay in a designated waiting area while the registered patient looks at and purchases their products. The law does allow service personnel, such as plumbers or electricians, to enter dispensary areas as long as they sign in and only work on whatever they're supposed to.

It's not really clear why Ohio is putting this regulation in place. Presumably dispensaries would only sell cannabis to someone who is a registered patient, so even if someone without a medical marijuana card walked around the store, they wouldn't be able to buy anything. One dispensary owner was pretty harsh about the new rules.

“We’re here to serve patients and their caregivers. It’s not a place to have a party,’’ said Sara Presler, owner of Debbie's Dispensary in Cincinnati. 

It's not clear if there will be any enforceable punishments for a non-patient entering a dispensary. 

Move over, Colorado! With all these fun regulations, Ohio is bound to become America's new hotspot for marijuana!

(h/t Cincinnati Enquirer)


On Flatbush Avenue, tucked amidst the nexus of four iconic Brooklyn neighborhoods (Park Slope, Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, and Prospect Heights), medical cannabis company Citiva opened up their newest location at the turn of the new year. Walking through the shiny glass door, you’re first struck by the sleek tidiness of the front lobby. Both the dispensary's resident pharmacist and receptionist greet visitors as they clear patients (as does any medical dispensary in the country) before allowing them through to the retail room.

Can we see some ID please?

You must be 19 years of age or older to enter.