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Columbus, Ohio MMJ Clinics Open Without Products on Shelves

Medical cannabis clinics are beginning to open their doors in Columbus, Ohio, though the industry’s medical cannabis products aren’t ready and, in fact, haven’t even been planted yet. Instead, businesses have doctors on-site who are meeting with future patients and helping people sign up for Ohio’s new medical cannabis program.

“Our goal is to get people aware of the program, enrolled in the program and then guide them throughout the program.” — Dr. Anand Dugar, of Green Health Docs, in an interview with ABC6

The state’s dispensary locations were unveiled just two weeks ago and, though some cultivation sites are set in place throughout the state, none of the growers have received certification yet from the state to begin production. Last week, officials revealed that the industry would be delayed from its official September 8 launch due to delays in the licensing process.

Meanwhile, just 139 doctors have registered to recommend medical cannabis in Ohio. Experts believe that number will increase, but some critics have said the state should speed up the doctor registration process.

“Ohio patients need more doctors who can make recommendations for their care. Unfortunately, at this rate, there will be 500 doctors eligible to prescribe medical marijuana to patients by the end of the year. In comparison, Pennsylvania has already signed up nearly 6,000 doctors and more than 36,000 registered patients.” — Ian James, president and founder of GLA Holdings, to ABC6

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