Three medical marijuana dispensary applicants from Lorain County received licenses Monday from the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control program.
This map shows proposed locations for Lorain County's three state-licensed marijuana dispensaries.
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The three locations are: GTI Ohio LLC at 1920 Cooper Foster Park Road in Lorain; NMG Ohio LLC at 709 Sugar Lane; and AFS Cultivation LLC at 603 Cleveland St., Elyria.
The three dispensaries will have a window of six months to become officially certified to operate.
The dispensaries will need to follow the requirements set by the state and be approved by a Board of Medical Marijuana Compliance Agent, according to the program’s website. Once certified, they can begin to sell medical marijuana to Ohio patients and caregivers under Ohio law.
The 1900 block of Cooper Foster in Lorain has multiple shopping centers, and businesses, including Mama Jo Homestyle Pies located across the street. On April 12, Johanna Mann, owner of the pastry business, said she was open to the idea of medical marijuana, understanding its value and health benefits but was concerned of anything beyond that at this time. Nearly two months later, her stance hasn’t changed now that the location is confirmed as a future site of a medical marijuana dispensary.
“I think I’m still OK with everything,” she said. “I guess you’ve got to give it a whirl don’t you?”
Currently, the State Medical Board of Ohio certified two physicians to recommend medical marijuana in Lorain County. Sheffield gynecologist Corie Kovach was certified in April and Vermilion family practice physician Ann Dorobek in May. The physicians both work under Mercy Health, which issued a May and April statement barring their physicians to recommend medical marijuana.
“Marijuana remains illegal under federal law and the federal government has indicated it will enforce federal laws against the drug in states that have decriminalized its production and sale, including for medical purposes,” the statement read. “Given that, Mercy Health is not at this time asking its physicians to undergo the two-hour training program.”
A retail dispensary is prohibited from being within 500 feet of a school, church, public library, public playground, public park or community addiction services provider, according to state law. In addition, cities, villages and townships can adopt regulations to prohibit or limit the number of retail dispensaries.
There are 21 qualifying medical conditions that are allowed to be treated using medical marijuana.
They are HIV/AIDS; Alzheimer’s disease; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS; cancer; chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE; Crohn’s disease; epilepsy or another seizure disorder; fibromyalgia; glaucoma; hepatitis C; inflammatory bowel disease; multiple sclerosis; pain that is chronic and severe, or intractable; Parkinson’s disease; post-traumatic stress disorder; sickle cell anemia; spinal cord disease or injury; Tourette’s syndrome; traumatic brain injury; and ulcerative colitis.
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