A week ago, Ohio’s pharmacy board awarded 56 provisional licenses to operate medical marijuana dispensaries, one of which will be in Fremont.
While medical marijuana won’t be available to consumers until September at the earliest, it’s been a thriving industry in Michigan for a decade.
In 2008, Michigan voters passed a law legalizing medical marijuana. Since then, medical marijuana dispensaries have been springing up across the state.
While there are similarities between Ohio’s medical marijuana laws, signed by Gov. John Kasich in 2016, and Michigan’s, there are also significant differences.
“The idea that Ohio is going to be very similar to Michigan could be completely wrong. They are two very different laws,” said Al Moroz, manager of Arbors Wellness, a dispensary in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
One of the biggest differences is that Ohio law does not allow patients to grow marijuana plants themselves, whereas Michigan allows patients to grow up to 12 plants.