CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Members of the Board of Pharmacy announced the sites of Ohio's planned medical marijuana dispensaries.
In Cuyahoga County, Cleveland, Lakewood and Garfield Heights will house dispensaries.
According to Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy may award licenses to up to 60 medical marijuana dispensary applicants statewide.
A proposed dispensary must be located at least 500 feet from a school, church, public library or playground, public park, or community addiction services facility.
The medical marijuana bill was passed in Sept. 2016, but is not expected to go into effect until Sept. 2018 as guidelines for processing, testing, and dispensing are established.
To obtain a license in Ohio to use medical marijuana, a patient must be diagnosed with:
Across Northeast Ohio, the board of pharmacy approved 16 out of 26 dispensaries.
A dispensary just got licensed near Detroit Avenue and Riverside Drive in Lakewood.
Kiki Rudden lives in the neighborhood.
"Whether it's legal or not, I think it happens, and there's no really stopping it. So it's probably a good thing now that it's legal I guess. Because I think a lot more people actually need it," she said.
Quinton Jenkins also lives nearby.
"I mean to each his own. I don't mind it, that's pretty cool I guess. It's a young neighborhood so I'm sure there's a lot of people that like it," Jenkins said.
"I think it's a good thing for people who need it, PTSD, that kind of thing," he said.
The dispensary will be in the middle of a business district, including a gym, a bar, a pizza shop and a cookie place.
Carol Montlack doesn't mind having one around.
"I'm old enough to say that I think it's a great idea, these things happen, and it's a nicer way of handling it," she said.
"If medical marijuana is going to help somebody, then they should be able to use it."
Some doctors point out the risks of marijuana-- like lost productivity, less intellectual function and car accidents.
They say existing medications are safer and do a better job than marijuana.