No. Since cannabis is prohibited for recreational purposes under Chapter 3719 of the Ohio Revised Code, no dispensaries are selling adult-use marijuana in Dayton. Neither Dayton nor any other city or county in Ohio is permitted to allow the establishment of retail outlets selling recreational cannabis. Per Section 139.03 of the Dayton Municipal Code, no person may knowingly obtain, possess, or use marijuana in the city.
Yes. Ohio’s HB523 permits the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries in Dayton. Pursuant to this provision, there are Ohio-licensed medical marijuana dispensing facilities operating within the city's jurisdiction.
You may buy medical cannabis from online weed dispensaries in the city, but you cannot purchase adult-use cannabis as it is illegal in the city. Note that by ordering medical cannabis online, you shorten the time required to wait when you arrive to pick up your order physically at the dispensary. Medical cannabis delivery is illegal in Dayton as Section 3796:6-3-08 of the Ohio Administrative Rules requires the sale of medical marijuana to be done in direct, face-to-face exchanges without the use of electronic devices.
A trip to a Dayton medical marijuana dispensary will appear more like a trip to the doctor than a pot store. This is due to Ohio’s restriction on cannabis use for recreational purposes. As a result, only persons certified as patients with approving conditions can purchase cannabis from Dayton dispensaries. Before you may be permitted to enter a Dayton dispensary, a staff of the facility will ask you to present a government-issued picture ID and your Ohio medical cannabis registry barcode, which may be shown digitally on a smartphone or printed out. Patients under the age of 18 are likewise subject to this rule. After confirming the identity of patients or caregivers, dispensary staff will buzz them into a waiting area. The next step will require you to fill out a survey about your health, symptoms, treatment objectives, and prior experiences with cannabis.
A dispensary staff will accompany you or your approved caregiver into the dispensing area. In some cases, you may be permitted to bring in one guest who will be required to wait in the lobby, but that visitor is not authorized in the dispensary. The dispensary staff leading you into the dispensary area will assess patient data and requirements via the completed survey to recommend medical cannabis products suitable for you. At Dayton dispensaries, you can find medical cannabis products in the form of oils, capsules, edibles, lotions, tinctures, creams, vapes, patches, and flower.
Note that medical cannabis sales at Dayton dispensaries are recorded in the state's automated reporting system. Hence, buyers cannot exceed the state-imposed limits of 8 ounces of dried flower every 90 days; those with terminal illnesses are allowed to buy 10 ounces. Consumption of marijuana is prohibited both in retail outlets and public spaces, and the purchased products must be stored in opaque bags. Any marijuana used for medical purposes must be kept in its original, clearly labeled container, per state law.
There are no laws in place at this time in Dayton that govern the activities of recreational marijuana dispensaries due to Ohio's ban on establishing such businesses. However, medical marijuana dispensaries operating in the city are subject to specific rules per state law. In order to keep their customers safe, Dayton medical marijuana retail outlets must not permit cannabis use on the premises. Also, Dayton dispensaries are required to register all sales, verify customer identification, and check for registration with the state's medical marijuana program before allowing customers access to the retail section. No medical marijuana dispensary in Dayton may provide a patient with more cannabis than is legally permitted per Ohio medical cannabis possession limit.
Unless you have a valid medicinal marijuana card, possessing marijuana in Dayton is illegal. The penalty for cannabis possession in Dayton is proportional to the amount found on the person, as in other jurisdictions. Possession of small quantities of marijuana is no longer a crime in Dayton. According to Section 139.03 of the Dayton City Code, the possession of less than 100 grams of marijuana is considered a minor misdemeanor
Dayton considers it a misdemeanor of the fourth degree if the amount of marijuana found on an individual is between 100 and 200 grams. However, Dayton only considers it a misdemeanor for concentrated cannabis if the amount of hashish found on a person is less than five grams in solid form or one gram in liquid or distillate form. If the quantity is between 5 and 10 grams in solid form or greater than one, but less than two grams in liquid or distillate form is a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.
Note that arrest or conviction for minor misdemeanor marijuana or hashish violation, as stated above, does not constitute a criminal record. It may also not be reported by the person arrested or convicted in response to any inquiries about the person's criminal record, including any related to licensing or employment. A DUI offense will be filed against anyone found driving a vehicle while under the influence of cannabis.
Medical marijuana was legalized in Dayton and the rest of Ohio in 2016 by House Bill 523. At first, only Dayton and Ohio residents suffering from a limited number of conditions were eligible to use marijuana for medical purposes. However, marijuana's acceptance as a viable treatment option for a broader range of conditions has resulted in the steady expansion of the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP); hence more ailments are not covered by the OMMCP.
Registration with the OMMCP is required prior to purchasing medical marijuana in Dayton. To participate in the program, those under the age of 18 must assign caregivers to help with the acquisition and use of medicinal marijuana. The OMMCP approves 90 days’ worth of medical cannabis supplies for Dayton residents registered under the OMMCP. Visit the program’s website to use the OMMCP's 90-day supply calculation tool to learn how much medical cannabis products qualify for a 90-day supply. Home cultivation of cannabis and the public use of cannabis is not allowed in Dayton. Although cannabis flower may be purchased at Dayton dispensaries, cannabis smoking is illegal. Therefore, patients who want to consume flower must buy vaporizing equipment or make edibles at home.
In Dayton, you can receive a medical marijuana card by providing an attestation that you have one of the qualifying medical conditions for which the state permits the use of medicinal marijuana. The qualifying conditions include the following:
Positive status for HIV
Epilepsy or other seizure types
Severe, chronic, or intractable pain
Spinal cord injury or disease
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Traumatic brain injury
Sickle Cell Anemia
According to the OMMCP, the attesting physician must have a bonafide doctor-patient relationship with you to issue a medical cannabis certification legally. Doctors in the State of Ohio are required to hold a Certificate to Recommend (CTR) from the state's medical licensing agency before they may issue medical cannabis certifications. You may find a list of physicians in Ohio who have active CTRs on the website of the Ohio Medical Board.
Before enrolling you in the medical cannabis registry, the physician will request your ID. Acceptable forms of ID include an ID card from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, a driver's license from the state of Ohio, or a passport from the United States. You will get an email with login instructions to access your registry profile once your CTR-licensed physician has submitted your medical cannabis certification to the registry. After that, you must pay a $25 application fee to complete the application process. You may qualify for a fee waiver if you have a low-income or veteran status. For details on getting a fee waiver, check out the OMMCP Reference Guide.
In Dayton, an individual with a medical marijuana card can use medical cannabis in a private apartment without fear of being arrested or fined. Persons who do not own the properties they live in must get permission for medical marijuana use in such apartments. Recreational cannabis use and public medical cannabis use are illegal in the city.
Since adult-use marijuana is illegal in Ohio, recreational cannabis products are not available for purchase in Dayton. In the city, the only way to get medical marijuana is to go to a dispensary or buy it online. You can find medical marijuana dispensaries in the Dayton area by searching for "marijuana dispensaries near me." You must bring cash and a valid Ohio medical marijuana identification card to a Dayton medical marijuana dispensary.
The average price for one gram of medical cannabis in Dayton costs between $8 and $10.
Some of the most popular strains in Dayton are:
Mad River Kush
No. Marijuana use in public places, including Dayton's pubs, schools, dispensaries, parks, sidewalks, and streets, is prohibited in accordance with Section 3796.06(B) of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC).
Medical marijuana patients in Dayton are permitted to possess the following daily limits:
590 milligrams of THC for vaporization
110 milligrams of THC in tincture or pill form
2.83 grams of flower
295 grams of cannabis-infused topicals
Per Rule 3796:7-2-04 of the Ohio Administrative Code, a patient may possess no more than a 90-day supply of medical cannabis divided into two 45-day fill periods.
No. Shipping cannabis across state lines is a federal offense and is punished severely.
You cannot order recreational cannabis online in Dayton. You may buy medical cannabis online in the city if you are an authorized medical cannabis patient registered with the state. Note that your order will not be delivered to your doorstep as medical cannabis delivery is illegal in the city. Medical cannabis products ordered online may be picked up at the store.
No. There are no 24-hour dispensaries in Dayton.
No. Only medical cannabis dispensaries are permitted to sell cannabis in the city. Such retail outlets are open to permanent residents of Dayton or Ohio.
Dayton dispensaries require customers to show their medical marijuana registry identification, either printed out or displayed on their mobile devices. Government-issued photo IDs, such as driver's licenses from the State of Ohio, are also required.
Strawberry Fields and Pure Ohio Wellness are the only approved medical cannabis dispensaries in Dayton.
Medical marijuana dispensaries in Dayton scan customers' IDs to comply with Ohio law requiring dispensaries to ensure sales are only made to authorized persons.
There are no recognized recreational cannabis dispensaries in Dayton. However, only two medical cannabis dispensaries operate in the city.
Dayton medical cannabis dispensaries do not accept credit cards. Transactions are usually completed using cash or CanPay.
You may visit multiple medical cannabis dispensaries daily in Dayton. However, you cannot buy more cannabis than is legally permitted as sales are tracked.
No. Cannabis dispensaries in Dayton do not take health insurance.
Yes. Dayton medical cannabis dispensaries are required by state law to track medical marijuana sales.
At 18, you can enter a Dayton medical marijuana dispensary. However, if you are under 18, your caregiver must purchase medical marijuana for you. There are no recreational marijuana dispensaries in Dayton.
Cannabis operations in the City of Dayton are regulated by two state agencies:
The Ohio Department of Commerce: The ODC establishes the rules for licensing and regulating medical cannabis cultivators, processors, and testing laboratories
The Ohio Board of Pharmacy: The Ohio pharmacy board licenses medical cannabis dispensaries and maintains the Ohio medical cannabis patient registry
The Ohio Department of Commerce is at:
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 466-4100
While the Ohio Board of Pharmacy is at:
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6126
Phone: (614) 466-4143
To report illegal cannabis activities in Dayton, contact the Dayton Police Department, Ohio Department of Commerce, or the Ohio Board of Pharmacy.