How Much Does Medical Marijuana Cost in Ohio?

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How Much Does Medical Marijuana Cost in Ohio?

Patients registered in the Ohio medical marijuana control program pay different prices for marijuana products bought at dispensaries depending on their location and the products purchased as well as the strain and quality of cannabis used in those products. On average, dispensaries in Ohio sell 1 ounce of high quality marijuana at $330 while the same amount of medium quality marijuana costs $235.

Can You Use a Credit Card at a Dispensary in Ohio?

No. Ohio dispensaries are unlikely to accept credit cards from their customers. This is due to the difficulty of processing such orders with banks and credit card companies blocking marijuana-related transactions. Until the US legalizes marijuana at the federal level, marijuana dispensaries are unlikely to accept credit cards. Ohio dispensaries do accept cash for marijuana orders. Some of them also accept debit cards and mobile app payments.

Does Ohio Tax Medical Marijuana Sales?

Yes. Ohio levies a 5.25% tax on medical marijuana sales. The state also allows municipalities to charge local taxes on medical marijuana sales. These local taxes vary from 0.25% to 2.25%. Therefore, depending on location, the total maximum sales tax on medical marijuana in Ohio is 7.50%.

Does Recreational Marijuana Cost More than Medical Marijuana in Ohio?

Recreational marijuana is likely to cost more than medical marijuana in Ohio because of the higher tax rate on the former. While Ohio just legalized recreational marijuana in December 2023, it already sets a tax rate of 10% on adult-use cannabis sales. This is in addition to the 5.25 - 7.50% sales tax previously levied on marijuana sales in the state. Furthermore, there is already a bill in the state’s General Assembly proposing raising this additional tax on recreational marijuana to 15%.

How to Save Money on the Cost of Medical Marijuana in Ohio

Ohio does not have a state-run compassionate program offering lower-priced medical marijuana to any group of patients. The state also does not allow registered patients and caregivers to grow cannabis at home for personal consumption. However, they can still save money on their medical marijuana cost by taking advantage of various dispensary sales, discounts, and loyalty programs.

It helps to shop around different dispensaries near you to find the best deals and selections on the medical cannabis products you use. Other ways to spend less at dispensaries including switching to longer-lasting forms of cannabis such as edibles; buying larger quantities of medical cannabis products to enjoy savings on bulk purchases; and lowering your medical cannabis dose to see if you get the same relief as with your regular dose.

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