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First sales of Medical Marijuana made in Ohio

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The first sales of medical marijuana are made in the state of Ohio by patients who often have to travel out of state for their supply.

More than 100 patients traveled to CY+ on Main Street in Wintersville, Ohio, outside of Steubenville, to get in line to buy medical marijuana.

"I just wanted to be part of the first day, history," Andrew Morris said, of Columbus.

"For somebody like me who doesn't want to deal with liver damage or opiates anymore, this was a huge step in the right direction," Justin Mickels said, of Columbus.

Patients with physician-approved qualifying conditions have to have a state issued ID to buy it.

Qualifying conditions include: AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy or another seizure disorder, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable, Parkinson’s disease, positive status for HIV, post-traumatic stress disorder, sickle cell anemia, spinal cord disease or injury, Tourette’s syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and ulcerative colitis.

Some patients say they've been traveling out of state to buy medical marijuana until this point.

"Gotta drive all the way to Michigan and so with the dispensaries finally opening up in Ohio, it will be available to patients," Jason Rowe said, of Marietta.
Rowe says he's not alone. He sees a lot of other people traveling to Michigan from out of state to get medical marijuana all the time.

CY+ is working with three growers in Ohio to bring those patients to Wintersville.

"Today we have about 30 different strains of flower product that patients can take to help with their pain," Jason Erkes said, spokesperson for Cresco Lab.

CY+ joins three other dispensaries opening up in Canton, Wickliffe, and Sandusky.

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