Ohio has plenty of medical pot but not enough buyers

By Jeremy Nobile for Crain's Cleveland Business

Product affordability and the lack of employment protections for medical consumers were among patients' top areas of dissatisfaction with the state's medical marijuana program in 2022, according to surveys conducted by Ohio State University's Drug Enforcement Policy and Research Center. There also are concerns with the annual costs of being a registered patient.

Poor access and high costs were highlighted as issues with Ohio's marijuana program in a report earlier this year by Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a Washington, D.C., nonprofit that advocates for the therapeutic use and research of medical marijuana.

These consumer concerns seem to point to some of the reasons why Ohio's medical patient count has leveled off around 172,000 active participants. That pool as grown by just 6% compared with the roughly 162,000 active patients reported last fall.

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