Coming soon: Medical Marijuana in Ohio, but how much will it cost?

First harvest should be on the market by January

Coming soon: Medical Marijuana in Ohio, but how much will it cost?
FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2018, file photo, Allison Johnson, an employee of Buckeye Relief LLC, works on topping a marijuana plant, in Eastlake, Ohio. Ohioans sometime in the next two months will be able to buy and use marijuana products to treat nearly two dozen medical conditions after obtaining a recommendation from a physician. (AP Photo/David Dermer, File) (David Dermer)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The technology at Buckeye Relief, a level one marijuana cultivator in Eastlake, is state of the art. The cannabis experts and the horticulturists are considered experts in the field, so that makes this an expensive process.

Coming soon: Medical marijuana, but how much will it cost?

The good news is that medical marijuana may help you, but the bad news is that you cannot use your medical insurance to pay. As the first crop of plants are ready for harvest, potential patients are wondering how much it is going to cost.

Andrew Rayburn is the CEO of Buckeye Relief, “We’re setting our own market by marrying a mixture of our cost and what the patient can afford,” he says.

Buckeye Relief, at this point, owns a cultivator license, but the buds must be processed and then sent to a dispensary for sale, all adding to the cost.

According to marijuanadoctors.com, a gram of concentrates - including oils or waxes -- will cost anywhere from $20 to $60, and a gram of buds anywhere from $5 to $20.

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The price will ultimately be set by wholesale costs, quality and competition, “In all of those we try to put the patients interest first so that we can bring as much relief to as many patients in the state as possible,” Rayburn said.

The final cost may not be clear, but in the face of those opposed to medical marijuana Rayburn is adamant about the product’s effectiveness. He says he has heard hundreds of testimonials including from cancer patients, “They try it and they feel better, they sleep better, they eat, they’re not miserable,” he says, “Who can say no to that?”

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