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First Medical Marijuana dispensary approved to open in Akron welcomes in customers

45 of 56 Ohio dispensaries approved to open
Posted: 6:06 PM, Nov 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-08 08:40:13-05
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AKRON, Ohio — The Botanist Akron opens in Akron Friday, giving residents in Summit County their first chance to buy medical marijuana products within the county.

The Botanist is the same company that owns dispensaries in Cleveland, Columbus, Canton, and Wickliffe.

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Inside dispensaries, medical marijuana product is displayed on tables in rooms that only state-approved patients and caregivers are allowed to enter.

Despite the first dispensaries opening in January 2019, 45 of Ohio's 56 dispensaries have permission to sell medical marijuana products to state-approved patients and caregivers.

You can find dispensaries with permission to open here:

More than 10 dispensaries got approval to open in October alone after the state and some of the dispensary companies clarified ownership information on the licensing paperwork. Before the agreement, final approval over the opening the dispensaries was delayed.

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A separate consultation area in the The Botanist Akron gives patients a separate place to review products away from the main floor.

Greenleaf Apothecaries President Kate Nelson says the key to allowing patients to get the medical marijuana products they need is making sure dispensaries aren't too far away.

"A lot of patients in Summit County have been going to our Canton dispensary," said Nelson. "But really, something that's often cited by patients is how far they have to travel to these dispensaries."