How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card In Ohio [2021 Update]
Marijuana is legal in Ohio. House Bill 523, effective on September 8, 2016, legalized medical marijuana in Ohio. Patient identification cards are now being issued by the state of Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program (MMCP). If you are an Ohio resident and are interested in getting a medical marijuana ID card, this comprehensive handbook will give you all the information that you need. A MedCard is required to get legal processed cannabis under Ohio law from a licensed dispensary. This complete guide answers all the questions that have come up regarding How To Get Medical a Marijuana Card in Ohio.
If you have any further questions after reading this, you can contact the MMCP program at:
Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program
77 South High Street, 17th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 466-4143
Step 1 – Qualify
A Patient may be entered into the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program Registry if they first:
Be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition from a licensed doctor.
Qualifying Conditions for Legal Medical Marijuana in Ohio
- Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Cachexia, or wasting syndrome
- Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
- Crohn’s Disease
- Spinal Cord Disease or Injury
- Tourette’s Syndrome
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Seizure Disorders
- Hepatitis C
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable
- Positive Status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- Sickle Cell Anemia
STEP 2 – Find a Medical Marijuana Doctor in Ohio
A doctor, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse must certify your condition.
- The first step to become a medical marijuana patient is to establish and maintain a bona fide physician-patient relationship with a certified physician.
- An in-person visit with a certified physician is required at least once per year.
- Certified physicians have access to the Patient Registry and will submit their recommendations for a patient to receive medical marijuana directly to the Patient Registry.
- The physician will need the patient’s valid Ohio driver’s license, a valid Ohio identification card issued by the Ohio bureau of motor vehicles (BMV), or a valid United States passport.
- A registered caregiver may possess and administer medical marijuana to patients with whom the caregiver’s registration is associated. The certified physician will need similar identification from a caregiver to establish their profile in the Patient Registry.
- A certified physician can recommend up to a 90-day supply of medical marijuana with three refills (totaling up to 360-day supply if appropriate for the patient).
STEP 3 – Get Registered
- Once a recommending physician has entered a patient or caregiver into the registry, the patient/caregiver will receive an email prompting them to login to their profile in the Patient Registry. In the registry, complete your application and pay the fee.
- The annual cost of a medical marijuana registration is $50 for patients and $25 for caregivers. Patients who qualify for indigent or veteran status may be eligible for fee reductions.
STEP 4 – Find A Dispensary
- After receiving your Patient & Caregiver Registry card, you may purchase medical marijuana from an Ohio dispensary licensed by the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy.
- Dispensary staff will counsel you on the appropriate type and dose of product for your condition.
- Only patients with an active registry card, an active recommendation, and their associated government-issued ID can purchase medical marijuana.
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Q&A Other Important Information about Ohio Marijuana Cards
How Much Does an OH Medical Card Cost To Get From The State?
How much does a visit to an Ohio Marijuana Doctor Cost?
- The Average Cost to visit a certifying doctor is $200-$300. This service is typically a cash only option.
How Long Is My MedCard Good For?
- Your medical ID card will be valid from the date of issuance for 1 year and will expire on the last day of the month the card was issued. The Board of Pharmacy will send notification to each patient 45 calendar days before the expiration date on the card.
My card is expiring, how do I renew it?
- Patients must annually renew before the expiration date stated on the patient’s registry identification card. Renewal submissions, fees, and required documentation may be submitted up to thirty calendar days before the registration will expire. Failure to renew will result in an automatic suspension.
Does Ohio recognize medical cards issued in other states?
- Currently, there is no reciprocity for out of state marijuana cards. The law does require that the Board of Pharmacy attempt in good faith to negotiate and enter into reciprocity agreements with other states. If Ohio does enter into a reciprocity agreement with another state, the information will be posted here.
Once I have my Ohio MedCard, where can I buy marijuana?
- The state will publish a list of licensed Cannabis Dispensaries which all can be found on OHDispensaries.com
Where can I find a recommending medical marijuana doctor in OH?
- Ohio Dispensaries & Doctors is another good resource or fill out the registration form on the site & one will contact you.
Once I have my OH MMJ card, can I grow my own marijuana?
What is the difference between CBD & THC?
- Psychoactive Vs. Non-Psychoactive. THC creates a euphoric effect due to the way it connects to the bodies endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system has been recently recognized as an important modulatory system in the function of brain, endocrine, and immune tissues. Cannabidiol, or CBD reacts differently and is used with patients that require or prefer non euphoric care.
Will CBD or Hemp oil get me high?
I see CBD Oils, Edibles, Creams, & Gummies for sale online, in commercials and signs at shops around town, is CBD Oil legal in Ohio?
- Hemp CBD oil which is derived from the hemp plant is legal throughout the United States. The cannabis derived low-THC high-CBD Medicines are only legal in states with an approved medical marijuana program.
Where can I get Hemp Based CBD products online?
Is CBD for Pets really a thing?
- Yes, CBD for Dogs, CBD for Cats, and CBD for pets in general is becoming a popular treatment for caring for pets that have arthritis, chronic pain and other ailments. The efficacy and safety of CBD for dogs, cats, and other pets have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA only evaluates foods and drugs, not supplements like these products.
Where can I get CBD for pets?
- You can find CBD for pets some pet stores, retail and at holistic shops.
- Buy CBD for pets online.
I Recently Read An Article That Recreational Weed Was Legal In Ohio, Is This True?
- No. Recreational Marijuana and Recreational Dispensaries Are NOT LEGAL in Ohio – The Article was Fake News.
Are THC Infused edibles allowed in OH?
How Much Should I consume?
- We do not give medical advice. You should always consult with a licensed physician before using medical marijuana in any forms.
Get Certified for Medical Cannabis In Ohio:
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