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Eligible conditions include AIDS, cancer and others where consumers' immune systems could suffer from tainted marijuana. Ohio dispensaries reported lines and a steady flow of customers on opening day. (Photo: Daniel Carson/The News-Messenger) The state has licensed 29 businesses to grow marijuana, but only 14 have finished building their facilities and been approved to start growing. None of the state-licensed processors are operating, so oils, lotions, patches, edibles and other products are not yet available. The four dispensaries that opened Wednesday sold only dried marijuana flower, or bud, from a handful of medical marijuana cultivators.

"If I wanted to open today, I had to buy it from them," said Mike Petrella, who owns Ohio Valley Natural Relief dispensary in Wintersville. Dispensaries are private businesses and can set prices as they see fit; state regulators have no authority to limit or change prices. Many of the varieties sold Wednesday were priced the same. Officials from the first four open dispensaries say prices should go down as more cultivators harvest and compete. Some dispensary owners plan to offer discounts to veterans, senior citizens and others. The Forest Sandusky offers a 20 percent discount to veterans. In other states, flower can be packaged in the dispensary. (Michigan allowed it before new packaging rules were established in 2018.) Growers and product manufacturers are the only ones who can package products, and dispensaries have to sell products in the original, sealed packaging. Ohio has some of the highest marijuana business licensing fees in the country – $200,000 a year for large-scale growers and $70,000 every two years for dispensary owners.

Businesses pay additional fees to the state to register employees and pay a $100 fee for each strain or dosage of a product. “There’s a higher cost of production to adhere to all the regulatory requirements and to deliver that product to the consumer,” said Jason Erkes, spokesman for Cresco Labs, which operates CY+ Dispensary. Cresco also has an Ohio cultivation license and operates medical marijuana businesses in Illinois and Pennsylvania. Prices in Illinois averaged $450 an ounce during the first week of sales in 2015. Current prices there range from $240 to $420 an ounce, according to dispensary websites. Pennsylvania started selling flower in August 2018, and prices are now hovering around $300 to $480 an ounce, according to dispensary websites. The ‘Ohio tenth’ One specific regulation sets Ohio apart from the 33 states that allow cannabis for medicinal use. Rules set by the Ohio State Pharmacy Board, which oversees dispensaries, require marijuana flower and infused products to be packaged in certain amounts, called "whole day units." A unit of dried flower is 2.83 grams, or 1/10th of an ounce. State law limits patients to buying and possessing no more than a "90-day supply," but didn't define it in law. The pharmacy board decided to set that number at 8 ounces of dried flower or an equivalent amount of THC in marijuana products. The limits came from a panel of pharmacists who reviewed clinical research about the marijuana compound. The only product sold Wednesday were little containers with one "Ohio tenth" of buds inside. On Tuesday, pharmacy board spokeswoman Ali Simon said flower had to be packaged in 2.83 gram amounts. On Thursday, Simon clarified it can be packaged in greater amounts, as long as the total is made up of whole daily units. Buckeye Relief, a large-scale cultivator in Northeast Ohio, planned to start packaging in larger quantities after the first day of sales. “I’m sure we’re all trying to drive costs down for patients over the long haul,” Buckeye Relief CEO Andy Rayburn said. The 13 Best Grinders That'll Prevent You From Ruining Your Good Weed. Sans a decent grinder, you might as well chop an entire gram in two, stuff one half as is into a rolling paper, and throw the other half into the garbage. Good grinder blades will seamlessly cut through your dry herb, sifting out the bad chunks and preserving the extra-potent pollen. They'll create a little mound of fine, fluffy weed to roll, vape, or hell, bake into a cake. No dirty smoke, no lost product, not a bit of that eighth wasted. You can seriously invest in this kind of accessory if you want, but you can also find some solid, inexpensive options.

These 13 weed grinders—many of them with four pieces to grind bud, sift pollen, and store the results properly—each have their own strengths. One ought to suit you and your legal (or less legal; we're not cops) cannabis-consuming ways. This zinc alloy grinder comes with five pieces—including two mesh screens to sift pollen from your weed, and a little scraper to use for the catch tray so not a speck is wasted—with sharp teeth and a magnetic seal. If it seems too large, then remove a mesh screen to shorten it. Mendo Mulcher makes some tough grinders—all out of solid, aircraft-grade aluminum—but this one might be the most useful. At only 1.75 inches across, it's best for travel, and its extra-grippy construction ensures you won't slip up while using it despite its small size. It grinds weed evenly and with precision, it's built like a tank, it has a mesh screen and strong magnetic seal, and it's under 20 bucks. It's a workhorse, built from materials that'll keep it working through many a grind. The Kingtop grinder is nearly as big as the palm of your hand, great for when you have a considerable amount of bud and don't need to be discrete.

Its four pieces include a magnetically sealed cap, a grinder, a mesh screen, and a catch tray—a big one, at that—and its 45 teeth ensure smooth grinding. For a more tactile option, get Aerospaced's grinder.


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