The first medical marijuana dispensary in Franklin County opened Tuesday morning.
Close to 60 people were in line when Terrasana Cannabis Company opened its doors on Grandview Avenue at 10 a.m. There was a steady stream of customers all day.
Tom DiSario was in line with his service dog, Ginger. DiSario says he has suffered from PTSD and chronic pain ever since his service with the 101st Airborne Division during the Gulf War. “The VA had me on 29 different pills,” DiSario said. “Uppers in the morning and downers at night and I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t drive. I couldn’t move.”
DiSario says medical marijuana doesn’t take away all his pain but it’s much better than the prescription drugs. “Now I’m able to drive, go where I want to go. I have no restrictions.”
Terrasana founder Dr. William Kedia says the company has plans to open four dispensaries across the state. “I can’t describe the excitement, a little bit of trepidation that goes along with it,” Kedia said just before cutting the ribbon Tuesday morning. “It’s a new business venture. We’ll see what happens. But based on what I’m seeing today, I’m cautiously optimistic and hope that we can provide helps to everybody who needs it.”
Lynnette Nelson of Lewis Center says after five years of physical therapy and mainstream doctors, she’s found that medical marijuana helps relieve shoulder pain from an injury she sustained in the Army. “I’m trying to strengthen my shoulder and my back so using medical marijuana makes it tolerable,” Nelson said. “This is the way it should be. People should be able to benefit from whatever plant, herb, that they find relief in and if it helps them stay off of pharmaceuticals that can be addicting and you can overdose on – then its worth it.”
There are now 10 dispensaries open for business in Ohio.
The state says 328 pounds of marijuana have been sold so far this year with sales totaling $2,476,330.