US (OH): High prices and doctor shortage cloud medical cannabis program

Ohio medical cannabis patients are happier with the state's program than they once were, but they continue to face high prices and a shortage of doctors who can recommend cannabis, according to a new study.

The report from Ohio State University's Drug Enforcement and Policy Center found more than half of survey respondents reported some level of satisfaction with the medical cannabis program, including 15.3% who were "extremely satisfied." About 35% of people were dissatisfied with the program, an improvement from 55% last year.

The center conducted its survey in April and March and received more than 2,500 responses. The high cost of medical cannabis in Ohio is the biggest problem, according to patients.

While the price of plant products in Ohio declined 17% during the past year, costs in neighboring Michigan dropped even further, making a trip out of state more appealing than buying from an Ohio dispensary. During a 13-month period, an Ohio patient, on average, paid $4.08 more per gram than someone in Michigan. 

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