CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland’s first medical marijuana dispensary is set to open its doors within the next two weeks.
‘The Botanist’ is located on Lakeside Avenue East in a former industrial building.
“It felt very Cleveland for us to be able to work with this industrial underpinning," said CEO David Neundorfer. "Really what we wanted to do is make sure we were close to I 90 and Route 2 and also close to downtown, so easy access for people coming in and out of downtown Cleveland.”
This is the third of five eventual Botanist locations across Ohio, which is expanding alongside the growing demand for medical marijuana in the state.
According to the Medical Marijuana Control Board, between mid-January and mid-March, there were about $1.85 million worth of marijuana sales statewide, about 245 pounds of the cannabis flower.
Starting soon, patients with the medical marijuana card will not only be able to buy the cannabis bud, but also products like edibles, capsules, and creams.
The state’s first processor received final approval last week, and The Botanist expects to see those products soon.
“I think that’s going to be much more familiar, maybe comfortable for patients and we know, based on the calls that we’re getting, that many patients are waiting for those process products to come online," said Neundorfer.
As of the end of February, just over 22,000 patients had received a doctor's recommendation for the medical marijuana card, according to the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy.