Ohio’s First Legal MMJ Crop Being Harvested - Soon to Be Available for Patients

Ohio's first testing lab is expected to open in November and dispensaries should be ready in December.

Agri-Med Ohio LLC, located in Southeastern Ohio’s Meigs County, is harvesting its first crop along with Wellspring Fields, in Ravenna, which completed its harvest the first week of October.

Both companies are Level II cultivators, meaning they are among the state’s 6 cultivators licensed to operate in a space up 1,600 square feet for growing purposes.

The matured plants, once dried, are expected to be ready in early November although selling them will depend on when the first testing lab and dispensaries open.

As of Oct. 9, 2018, none of the five state-licensed testing labs are operating and none of the 56 licensed dispensaries have opened their doors. In addition, no patients have been registered for the program, although the Ohio Board of Pharmacy says the patient and caregiver registry can be turned on as soon as Ohio’s market nears operation, per the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The state’s first testing lab is expected to open in early November, and dispensaries should be ready in December, state regulators recently told the Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Board.

At that time, patients with one of 21 qualifying medical conditions can buy and use medical cannabis if recommended by a physician certified by the Ohio State Medical Board.

Ohio missed its self-imposed deadline to be fully operational by Sept. 8 due to several delays in the licensing process, lawsuits and construction delays.

Unfortunately, Ohio law does not allow cannabis to be smoked nor to be home grown. Flower and concentrates can be consumed in a vaporizer, and eventually edibles will be available.

Agri-Med Ohio owner, Todd McCay, said he is talking with the five approved testing labs and several dispensary owners to see where his company will be able to start placing their product, of which they are focusing on four to six strains.

"We're going to concentrate on the medical side of it, and I think patients are going to drive what strains we continue to grow," McCay said.

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