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)


For cannabis enthusiasts living in adult use states, long gone are the days of sneaking around with a dime bag in a coat pocket and worrying about whether the neighbors know you’ve got weed. But the sad truth is that, for millions of Americans living in prohibition or restrictive medical-only states, accessing safe and regulated cannabis is still a problem. But does that mean that those living without access to the regulated market are abstaining from cannabis altogether?

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