Michigan beating Ohio … in medical cannabis pricing

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Pure Michigan SignThe Detroit Free Press reports that a lot of medical cannabis users in Ohio are saving money by purchasing their cannabis in Michigan:

Ohio marijuana card holders have repeatedly told The Columbus Dispatch, both on the record and in private, they travel to dispensaries north of the state line to save money. Patients consistently list price as one of the biggest obstacles to buying the drug in Ohio.

“In Ohio, you’re being charged double the price you pay in Michigan,” said Lea Spradlin, a medical marijuana patient who lives near Cincinnati and has traveled to Michigan to compare marijuana prices.

George McClure, a marijuana card holder who lives in Fremont, said shopping at Michigan dispensaries is far cheaper even after he factors in the price of gas.

“It’s a night-and-day comparison,” he said.

McClure said he signed up for text notifications announcing sales at Michigan dispensaries and often pays only 10% of what he would pay in Ohio.

…“Lots of people are crossing the border because Michigan is a mature market of 10 years,” said Jim Rice, a cardholder who lives near Cleveland and owns KAYA.IO, a cannabis transport company.

Bringing marijuana, even legal marijuana, across state lines is illegal. Ohioans can purchase the drug at a Michigan dispensary but are required to consume it before crossing back into their home state.

More in the Freep.