Ohio Medical Marijuana Sales Soar During First Year, COVID Pandemic
As the coronavirus pandemic has taken an economic toll on many industries, medical marijuana sales in Ohio have seen a significant increase.
Record Sales for Medical Marijuana in Ohio
During the program’s first year, about $133 million and 16,255 pounds of medical marijuana
was sold. In the program’s first full month of operation, in May 2019, sales were at $2.2
million. By comparison, at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, sales skyrocketed with record-breaking, one-month sales of $12.9 million and 1,500 pounds of medical marijuana procured. Many users feared dispensaries would be forced to close and felt the necessity to stock up on medicine in order to ride out the state-issued, stay-at-home order. The pandemic also generated pain and stress for patients, likely contributing to the spike in sales. About $10.9 million of medical marijuana product was sold the following month in April.
Medical Marijuana Deemed an Essential Service
During the stay-at-home order in Ohio, many businesses were categorized as non-essential,
while licensed medical marijuana dispensaries were considered a public health operation and remained open. During the shutdown, and continuing today, dispensaries offered curbside pickup but were not allowed to deliver medicine to a patient’s home.
In turn, the state’s decision to keep dispensaries operating during the state’s mandatory
quarantine has helped to further legitimize the industry and proves how vital medicinal
marijuana is to the more than 116,000 registered patients in the State of Ohio.
There are currently 51 dispensaries operating in the state, with six more working toward
If you are a qualifying patient who is suffering from one of the qualifying conditions and is seeking medical marijuana treatment, schedule a telemedicine evaluation, and gain access to Ohio dispensaries.
You can schedule your appointment by calling us at 866-457-5559 or book your appointment online.