A top reason medical patients are not engaging more with Ohio’s marijuana program remains high prices, according to the latest study by Ohio State University’s Drug Enforcement and Policy Center.
DEPC continues to follow up on patient satisfaction and perception of Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program to better understand trends in customer behavior. It has documented issues with high costs for products and lack of access to dispensaries as core factors in patients not participating more in the industry here over the last couple of years.
The latest study, published Monday, Sept. 27, shows costs remain patients’ biggest gripe, though their overall dissatisfaction has decreased since sales began in Ohio in January 2019.
“The high price of medical marijuana products in licensed dispensaries, lack of a home grow provision and lack of employment protections for patients were main drivers of patient dissatisfaction,” according to the report. “Additionally, the high price of marijuana was also the top stated reason for not using medical marijuana and not utilizing Ohio dispensaries.”
Compared with medical dispensaries in Michigan, Ohio retailers on average charged $3.28 per gram more through the first half of 2021.
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