In June 2016, former Gov. John Kasich signed a bill into law that authorizes marijuana use by patients with 21 conditions, including cancer or chronic pain, in the form of edibles, oils, patches and vaporizing. Patients and their caregivers may possess up to a 90 day supply. Smoking or home growing marijuana is barred.
Of the 56 provisional licenses for dispensaries approved last summer by the state, two were in Butler County, both of which are open already.
In addition to Strawberry Fields in Monroe, the other was the Bloom Medicinals, the medical marijuana dispensary in Seven Mile that opened Thursday.
Jimmy Gould is chairman of CannAscend Alternative, a company that received provisional licenses to operate four Strawberry Fields-branded dispensaries.
Gould, who has been working on the medical marijuana business for seven years, said the company’s other Ohio dispensaries will open on the following dates: Oct. 29 in Marietta, Oct. 30 in Dayton and Oct. 31 in Logan.
Montgomery County’s first dispensary officially opened in July. Mad River Remedies at 5604 Airway Road in Riverside started serving patients shortly after Memorial Day.
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About Wellness Ohio in Lebanon was the first dispensary to open in the region. Most of the other licensed dispensaries to open have been in the northeastern part of the state.
After the Dayton Strawberry Fields opens, only one licenses dispensaries in Montgomery County will be yet to open. Pure Ohio Wellness LLC has a provisional license to operate in the county but has not opened yet, according to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program.