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Marijuana plants sit under LED lights inside the Veg Room, in Eastlake, Ohio.
FILE – In this Sept. 20, 2018, file photo, marijuana plants sit under LED lights inside the Veg Room, in Eastlake, Ohio. Buckeye Relief LLC, one of Ohio’s large-scale medical marijuana cultivators, expects to sell the state’s first legal pot to licensed dispensaries sometime in December. (AP Photo | David Dermer, File)

First Medical Marijuana Sold In State As Dispensaries Open

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The first Ohio sales of medical marijuana are being made with the opening of four dispensaries in the state.

Fifty-six-year-old Joan Caleodis was the first customer to buy cannabis Wednesday morning at the CY+ Dispensary in Wintersville near Steubenville in eastern Ohio. Caleodis, of Martin’s Ferry, received a doctor’s recommendation for medical cannabis to treat primary progressive multiple sclerosis and bought $200 worth of flower she plans to use in a vape pen.

Caleodis said in a phone interview the opening of dispensaries is a “big win” for Ohio patients.

Only plant materials are being sold for now. Products like edibles, tinctures and lotions won’t become available until cannabis processing facilities are operational.

People can buy medical marijuana with a physician’s recommendation for one of 21 qualifying medical conditions.