LORAIN, Ohio — Filling a prescription for medical marijuana is about to get a whole lot easier for patients in Lorain County. Customers of a new cannabis dispensary will be able to make their pickups at a drive-thru about as easily as making fast-food runs or banking on the go.
The dispensary, Citizen by Klutch, is owned and operated by Klutch Cannabis, an Akron-based cannabis company founded in 2020. According to the company, its new store along the border of Lorain and Sheffield Township features the first operational medical cannabis drive-thru in Ohio.
The dispensary opened for business Wednesday, but the drive-thru feature won’t be fully operational until sometime next week, a spokesperson for the Klutch said. It’s one of more than 60 dispensaries now operating by various companies across Ohio.
Unlike traditional pharmacy drive-ups, however, patients will not be able to place orders at the window
Instead, patients must first place their orders online, and then can pick them up at the window. To help make the process as easy as possible, the company said it has created a simplified menu and streamlined website design that is carried over into the interior design of the store.
“Too often, the patient experience at Ohio dispensaries has been dominated by long lines, complicated menus, and a desire among patients to get in and get out as quickly as possible. Our mission was to curate a simplified menu featuring some of the best products in the state,” said founder and CEO Adam Thomarios.
The building that houses the dispensary was formerly an emergency veterinary clinic.
The company said it converted a side entrance door into the current drive-thru window in an effort to make the process easier for patients with mobility issues, those who may have minor children with them in the car who cannot come inside, or anyone who wants to avoid the hassle of bad weather or waiting in line.
The Citizen by Klutch is located at 5152 Grove Ave. (Ohio 57), just north of Interstate 90, The company plans to open a second Citizen dispensary in Canton in the next few months.
For more information on becoming a patient in the Ohio Medical Marijuana Program, prospective patients should visit https://MedicalMarijuana.Ohio.gov/Patients-Caregivers.
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