Nearly three years after the Ohio medical marijuana law passed in 2016, the program finally became operational on Wednesday, and boy, did it ever see results.
Early in the day, there were reports of patients lining up outside of the four legal dispensaries in the state.
Then, on Thursday, it was announced that they had sold $75,000 worth of medical cannabis in their first day alone. This money was made solely off of the dried marijuana flower, which is currently the only available legal option in the state.
Judging by these numbers, the income generated by medical cannabis in Ohio has the potential to be huge.
While this is certainly a success, Ohio cannot cannot expect to see "marijuana tourism" dollars, such as those seen in recreational states such as Nevada and California any time soon. As the legislation strictly states that only those who possess a medical license are able to enter these dispensaries.
Nevertheless, considering how this revenue was generated from just four dispensaries outside of the state capital - while there are currently 60 planned to open state-wide in the near future, including seven in Cincinnati alone - medical marijuana might soon prove to become a major industry in Ohio.
Move over, soya beans.
h/t NBC News