ZANESVILLE, Ohio — Ohio medical marijuana patients will now have access for the first time to processed medical marijuana Wednesday.
#BREAKING: Ohio medical marijuana patients will have their first access to processed materials today. Tinctures will be available at select dispensaries today.— Kevin Barry (@KevinBarryWEWS) April 3, 2019
Here's our story from when we visited Grow Ohio, where the first tinctures have been processed. @WEWS #GMCle pic.twitter.com/qkGv63u8bE
Tinctures, which are liquid extracts taken orally, will be available at select dispensaries such as Grow Ohio in Zanesville starting Wednesday. Grow Ohio also confirmed they delivered tinctures to The Botanist locations in Canton and Wickliffe and Ohio Cannabis Company in Coshocton. In the coming week, more products are expected to be available.
Previously only raw flower has been available to Ohio patients. The raw flower has been grown by cultivators which, with a special license, have been able to sell that flower directly to dispensaries, after the flower is tested at state labs.
You can see our map showing where dispensaries are open, and where they soon will open here:
With the state's first processor, Grow Ohio, getting its Certificate of Operation earlier in March, the dispensary will have tinctures available to patients. Grow Ohio will have a line of medical marijuana products that will include tinctures, oil in syringes, gummies, capsules, and topical creams.
Grow Ohio Director of Sales Josh Febus, showing News 5 the processing equipment.
"Different forms are going to be better for different conditions," said Grow Ohio Executive Vice President Justin Hunt. "For arthritis, a patient would probably prefer a topical over plant material."