First medical marijuana dispensary opens its doors in Springfield

Two medical marijuana dispensaries in Springfield are welcoming patients for the first time — just one day apart.

Terrasana Labs became the first dispensary in Clark County to open its doors to the public on Thursday.

Located at 183 Raydo Cir., the dispensary received its Dispensary Certificate of Operation from the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy last week.

“We were attracted to the area to add an alternative source of relief,” said co-owner Todd Yaross. “Ohio has been hit hard by the opioid crisis and this area has been no expectation.”

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Terrasana has four locations across the state- Columbus, Cleveland, Fremont and now Springfield.

“It’s nice to have all of our locations up and running,” Yaross said.

Pure Ohio Wellness, located at 1711 W. Main St. in Springfield, will hold its grand opening on Friday at 9 a.m. The dispensary received its Dispensary Certificate on Tuesday.

“It’s been a long path but we are excited to open,” said co-owner Larry Pegram. “We are so relieved because we know that we can now give patients some relief in the area.”

Pure Ohio Wellness already has a medical marijuana cultivation facility in operation at 4020 Dayton-Springfield Rd. in Mad Rive Twp.

“We’re really proud of our product. We’re proud that people from this area are the ones that have grown it,” Pegram said.

In order to receive medication patients will be buzzed into the facility through a speaker. In the lobby, patients will fill out some paperwork, check in with staff and show their medical marijuana cards. From there, the patient will meet with a caregiver to discuss their needs and product options.

Pure Ohio Wellness will offer 15 different strains of flower and 12 different types of infused products.

“We are hoping it will be a quick process. We are trying to make it as easy as possible for patients to get the medication that they need,” Pegram said.

Operations work much the same at Terrasana. Patients are welcomed into the facility where they meet with patient consultants, to discuss their medical conditions.

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Ohio has 21 medical conditions that qualify patients to receive medical marijuana. They are AIDS, ALS, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, CTE, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy or another seizure disorder, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, Hepatitis C, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable, Parkinson’s disease, positive status for HIV, PTSD, sickle cell anemia, spinal cord disease or injury, Tourette’s syndrome, traumatic brain injury and ulcerative colitis.

“I and our pharmacist have really put together a curriculum for our patient consultants so they understand each condition and how to treat it appropriately with the tools that are available to us,” said co-owner Dr. Bill Kedia.

Security also is a top priority.

Pure Ohio is outfitted with 97-cameras throughout the inside and outside of the facility. Terrasana is equipped with two armed guards at the front door.

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15: Employees at Terrasana Labs

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21: Medical conditions that qualify patients to recieve medical marijuana

The Springfield News-Sun has followed the progress of medical marijuana in the state of Ohio since it was first placed on the ballot in 2015. Medical marijuana became legal in Ohio through a bill that was signed into law by then Gov. John Kasich in June of 2016.

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