Medical hashish corporations in Ohio, complaining that market growth is being constrained, are calling for extra dispensaries and permission to increase cultivation amenities.
The complaints come as MMJ gross sales within the state reached the milestone of $100 million year-to-date, in accordance to Columbus Business First.
Despite these numbers, Ohio MMJ gross sales are working at a tempo lower than half that of neighboring Pennsylvania, in accordance to Cleveland TV station WEWS.
Pennsylvania, which has an identical inhabitants, launched its program in early 2018, whereas Ohio began gross sales in January 2019.
“Compared to a market like Pennsylvania, (Ohio’s medical marijuana program) is significantly behind where they are, and their program came online about the same time as ours,” Geoff Korff, founding father of Galenas, which has a cultivation facility in Akron, informed WEWS.
“There aren’t enough dispensaries (in Ohio), there aren’t enough access points. Folks that live in more rural locations sometimes have to drive upwards of an hour to get to a dispensary,” Korff added.
He desires to increase his cultivation facility however hasn’t acquired permission to achieve this.
Pennsylvania regulation permits greater than double the variety of dispensaries as Ohio (150 versus 60), though not all of Pennsylvania’s are open but.
Ohio regulators informed WEWS that the necessity for expansion is predicated on various components, together with inhabitants, variety of sufferers and geographic distribution of dispensaries.
Ohio has solely about half the variety of registered MMJ sufferers as Pennsylvania does.
The new Marijuana Business Factbook initiatives Ohio MMJ gross sales will attain $175 million-$225 million this yr, whereas Pennsylvania will hit $400 million-$500 million.