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Ohio Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Tallied $75,000 In Sales On Their First Day

Joan Caleodis, of Martin's Ferry, Ohio, celebrates after making one of the first patient purchases of Ohio's Medical Marijuana program at Cresco Labs CY+ dispensary in Wintersville, Ohio, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.
Gene J. Puskar

Four medical marijuana dispensaries opened Wednesday to sell the first products to Ohioans.

The Ohio Medical Marijuana Program says the four dispensaries made $75,000 in total sales of 8.7 pounds of medical marijuana – with patients paying as much as $60 for what they’d need for a single day.

In most cases, sales were restricted because the dispensaries didn’t want to run out of the limited product they have in stock.

Processors have not yet been able to get products like creams and oils out to the dispensaries so sales were limited to the marijuana flower itself. That has to be consumed with a vaporizer, since smoking marijuana is still illegal. But as more dispensaries open and processors come online, patients will see a wider variety of products and maybe lower prices.

Two of the state's four dispensaries are in Wintersville outside of Steubenville. The other dispensaries are in Canton and Sandusky. A fifth is expected to open sometime this week outside Cleveland.