Medical marijuana dispensary scheduled to open Feb. 27 near New Phila

GOSHEN TWP. ‒ Tuscarawas County’s first medical marijuana dispensary, Ratio Cannabis, is scheduled to open Feb. 27 at 1145 West High Ave.

The location, formerly a drive-through beverage store, is on an island of township property surrounded by land that lies within the municipal corporation of New Philadelphia, and in the city’s busy commercial corridor.

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Entry to the state-licensed facility is be limited to those holding an Ohio medical marijuana card from a doctor. Majority owner Luke J. Marino said others may be permitted to enter, such as a parent of a child who is authorized to have medical marijuana.

Security measures include a locked outer door. Cameras and monitors allow an employee in the lobby to see customers outside.

Once inside, customers must travel through a “man trap,” a security feature separating the lobby from the sales floor. Only one door of the trap opens at a time, controlling access.

Marino said other security features include a locked garage for deliveries and a vault for storage. Products are to be prepared in a secure area and passed through a window to technicians on the sales floor, who will then hand them to customers.

He said no product containing medical marijuana will be displayed on the sales floor, only ancillary devices, such as vaporizers, and packaging for products containing medical marijuana.

The dispensary will sell flowers, edibles, tinctures, topicals and cartridges, according to Marino. Information will be available on product selection, Marino said. He said the general recommendation is to start “low and slow” because the same product can affect people differently.

He said Ratio Cannabis has 23 employees, a majority of whom are full-time.

Hours of operation are to be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Reach Nancy at 330-364-8402 or nancy.molnar@timesreporter.com.

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