The legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes in Ohio has forced many in the state to reevaluate the way they think about the plant. Cities once famous for illegally growing the plant for years now hope to profit from its legalization, especially as the decline of coal has brought about a loss of jobs and tax revenues.

Given its potential tax benefits, there is no surprise that people are rallying behind the medical marijuana business. Delays in opening up dispensaries and limits in licenses have inhibited the potential revenue the business could bring in, but hopefully this will change as more dispensaries open. Nearly $3.5 million have been generated since the first dispensary has opened, and this number is considerable given it is only available in flower form so far. Additionally, as per state law, medical marijuana cannot be smoked. Sales are expected to increase as more of the licensed processers will be selling the plant as edibles, lotions and oils.

With less than half of the state’s dispensaries opening up so far, patient access has been limited. In addition to this, patients need to understand how to navigate the system, from how to purchase the product to how to find dispensaries and ask them necessary questions. It is also upon the government to regulate dispensaries to ensure they are meeting the state’s requirements.

Getting a certificate of operation is not easy, and those looking to open one need to understand securing and zoning laws in addition to employee training requirements. Not only do they have to complete these requirements, but they also need to be able to prove that they have completed them. Those struggling to understand how to get a license and how to maintain it may want to consider consulting an experienced attorney for guidance.