Medical marijuana clinic opens, patients still awaiting dispensaries


ADAM:TONIGHT, A NEW MEDICAL MARIJUANA CLINIC IS NOW OPEN IN THE MIAMI VALLEY. 2 NEWS REPORTER JUDITH RETANA HAS MORE AFTER TALKING TO PATIENTS WHO ARE EAGERLY AWAITING THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM. JUDITH RETANARIGHT NOW, OHIO MARIJUANA CARD IN BEAVERCREEK SAYS THEY GET AT LEAST FIFTEEN NEW PATIENTS EVERY DAY. FOR PATIENTS WITH AT LEAST ONE OF 21 QUALIFYING ILLNESSES, GOING TO A MEDICAL MARIJUANA DOCTOR IS THE FIRST STEP FOR ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS TO THEIR AILMENTS. ” MARIA GIBBONS IS WAITING TO SEE THE DOCTOR AT OHIO MARIJUANA CARD. MARIA GIBBONS/PATIENT:”IM A FIBROMYALGIA AND A CHRONIC PAIN PATIENT SO THESE SEEMED LIKE IT WOULD BE THE BEST ALTERNATIVE TO MEET MY NEEDS” SHE’S ONE OF OHIO MARIJUANA CARD’S FIRST PATIENTS AT THEIR BEAVERCREEK LOCATION. THE PROCESS TO GET THE STATE’S MARIJUANA PROGRAM HASN’T GONE SMOOTHLY. RANDY SCHAFFER/OHIO MARIJUANA CARD MARKETING MANAGER: “THERE’S BEEN SOME DELAYS WITH THE STATE, WITH THE CULTIVATORS, PROCESSSORS AND TESTERS GETTING LICENSES, AND GETTING EVERYTHING UP AND RUNNING”THE PROCESS HAS BEEN EASIER FOR DOCTOR’S OFFICES LIKE OHIO MARIJUANA CARD.WHILE NEW PATIENTS COME IN EVERYDAY, RANDY SHAFFER EXPECTS TO GET EVEN BUSIER WHEN DISPENSARIES ARE FINALLY OPEN. SCHAFFER: “DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY, AROUND THAT TIME WHEN ANYONE WHO SEES A DISPENSARY THAT IS SUFFERING MIGHT BE LIKE ‘HOW DO I GET INTO THAT DISPENSARY,” WHILE THEY’LL HAVE THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS, PATIENTS STILL AREN’T ABLE TO LEGALLY PURCHASE MARIJUANA UNTIL THOSE DISPENSARIES ARE OPEN.GIBBONS: “CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS HAVE BEEN GROUPED WITH THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC AND WE’RE SEPARATE FROM THAT. WE NEED TO BE TREATED JUST LIKE THEY DO”FOR NOW, SHES GLAD TO AT LEAST GET THROUGH THE FIRST STEP OF SEEING A DOCTOR. JUDITH RETANADISPENSARIES WERE SUPPOSED TO BE OPEN BY SEPTEMBER 8TH BUT BECAUSE OF THOSE SETBACKS MENTIONED, THE STATE STILL HAS NOT RELEASED A DATE THE PROGRAM WILL BE FULLY OPERATING.

2 thoughts on “Medical marijuana clinic opens, patients still awaiting dispensaries

  1. Probably best not to be the only dispensary in the Dayton metro area; unless of course you have an armed police officer at the door. A real officer not a security guard.

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