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How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card In Ohio[2018]

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Marijuana is legal in Ohio. House Bill 523, effective on September 8, 2016, legalized medical marijuana in Ohio. Patient identification cards are not being issued by the state of Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program (MMCP) at this time. The program is expected to start issuing marijuana cards in September, 2018. 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

The process on how to get a medical marijuana card in Ohio is as follows:

STEP 1 – Find a Medical Marijuana Doctor in Ohio

A doctor, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse must certify your condition.

  • Locate and contact a certified Ohio medical marijuana doctor that will speak with you in regard to recommending medical marijuana.
  • Schedule an appointment with your doctor, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse.
  • Recommendations for cannabis must come from and be submitted by an Ohio state-licensed and currently practicing physician.
  • You must establish a doctor patient relationship with the recommending physician.

STEP 2 – Complete Form

  • The complete physician recommendation for medical marijuana must be submitted to the Board of Pharmacy within 90 days of the diagnosis that states you have a qualify for marijuana in Ohio.  The doctors office is responsible for filling out the complete registration form and they will submit it to the state of Ohio Board of Pharmacy for review.
  • Pay the application fee to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy. The recommending doctors office will notify you the cost. The application fee has not been disclosed by the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program, MMCP.
  • Proof of residency is required & will be submitted at the same time as the physician’s recommendation form. Acceptable forms for proof of residency are:
    • A valid Ohio driver’s license
    • A valid Ohio identification card issued through the state’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles(BMV)
    • A valid U.S. passport or passport card.

STEP 3 – Get Your MedCard

  • If approved, you will be added to the Ohio MMCP Registry, and will receive your medical marijuana card beginning in September, 2018.
  • Congratulations! You are now officially registered with the program.


OH Marijuana Cards Questions & Answers

Other Important Information on the OH Medical Marijuana License Process: 

1. How Much Does an OH Medical Card Cost To Get From The State?

There is an annual registration fee that has not been released yet.

2. 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.

3. Can You Pay Using a Credit Card?

To be determined.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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 or to quickly find the location of the dispensary near you on our map:

8. Where can I find a recommending medical marijuana doctor in OH? 

Find one on our map by clicking the link below, Ohio Dispensaries & Doctors is another good resource or fill out the registration form on the site & one will contact you.

 9. Once I have my OH MMJ card, can I grow my own marijuana?


Ohio Debilitating Qualifying Conditions List

What are the Debilitating Conditions That Qualify For Medical Marijuana in Ohio?


  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • 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)
  • PTSD
  • Sickle Cell Anemia

Get Certified for Medical Cannabis In Ohio:

Need a Medical Marijuana Card? Let us help by Starting Here.

For potential medical marijuana patients in OH we now offer a service that makes it easy to connect with a recommending doctor. You will also receive updates on new developments surrounding the medical marijuana program. If you are interested fill out the MMJ patient registration form and a physician or clinic representative contact you as available.

Legal Residents Only.

Ohio Marijuana Registration Form

***Certified OH Doctor & Physician Clinics Only***

Want to help more patients? To have your clinic or doctors practice added to our nationwide network please fill out the registration form below.

Ohio Marijuana FAQ’s

Frequently asked questions about medical marijuana, CBD, edibles, laws, recreational weed, travel & more:

Who Can Use Medical Marijuana?

  • Patients that have registered and been issued their MedCard.

Will I Be Allowed to Smoke Weed Once Qualified?

  • The law prohibits the use of medical marijuana by smoking or combustion, although does allows for vaping.

How much cannabis can I possess as a legal patient?

According to the Ohio Administrative Code, a patient or their caregiver can purchase  a 90 day supply of “whole day units”. A whole day unit is defined under state law as:

  • One-tenth of an ounce (2.83 grams) of plant material
  • 295 mg of THC contained in a patch, lotion, cream, or ointment
  • 110 mg of THC contained in an oil, tincture, capsule, or edible for oral administration
  • 590 mg of THC contained in oil for vaporization

For more information for the limits of how much can be possessed, check the state’s official medical marijuana quantity/possession limits here.

Can I use Medical Marijuana Anywhere?

  • Similar to all states, once legislative action is taken, Ohio medical cannabis card holders have to be responsible. It is important to remember that when smoking in public it may be assumed that you are using it for recreational use which is illegal on a Federal Level. Ohio medical marijuana card holders are advised to consume their medicine responsibly in the safety of their home or in a private residence.

Can I Take My Medical Marijuana to a Different State?

  • No. According to current laws patients who obtain a medical card should use medical marijuana in Ohio only. Medical marijuana patients may face federal and local charges of transporting marijuana if they cross state lines with the drug. This is true even if the states between which they are traveling allow medical marijuana. If you plan to travel with med marijuana, it would be best to contact the state’s Bureau of health to understand the exact laws of the state you are traveling to in order to not risk breaking the law.

What are the allowable forms of marijuana under Ohio law.

  • Cannabis products will be available in a variety of indica, sativa & hybrid strains in raw plant form. Processed MMJ will be available in CBD Oil Cartridges, THC Oil Cartridges for vape pens, tinctures, edibles, and transdermal patches.

I see CBD Oils, Edibles, Topicals, & Gummies for sale online, in commercials and signs at specialty shops around town, is CBD Oil legal Ohio?

  • Hemp CBD oil which is derived from the hemp plant is legal throughout the United States. That is what is being advertised and sold in stores and online. More & more people are embracing the cannabidiol lifestyle choice and as a preferred dietary supplement. You need a Ohio marijuana card to legally get the cannabis derived low-THC high-CBD medicines from a local dispensary.

 Will CBD get me high?

  • No. CBD is a product that has no THC if derived from hemp and very little if derived from cannabis and properly manufactured. THC is the chemical compound that creates the “high”. CBD products are available for patients that have a need for non-euphoric treatment.

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.

CBD for Pets, really?

  • 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 online, at some pet stores, 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 – These Articles are Fake News.

Are THC Infused edibles allowed in OH?

  • Yes, marijuana edibles are legal in Ohio.

How Much Should I consume?

  • We are not doctors and do not give medical advise. Please consult with an licensed OH marijuana doctor before using.


  1. Marilyn Combs

    Hope I can get a card the pain I have is no joke I want my life back without the major pain I live with daily

  2. Lori

    It is November 2018 and I thought CBD hemp derived oil was illegal in OHIO?? at least that was on the news. Edible legal in Ohio now??? I am so confused on what legal and whats not when it comes to CBD Oil with no thc..is it or is it not legal in OHIO???

    • Rick

      CBD Oil with no THC IS legal in Ohio without a Medical Marijuana Card. You can find it online and at many smoke shops in Ohio.

  3. Deborah

    Is there any kind of help with the fees/Dr. visits for someone with a low/limited income? If so then where do you go and what ALL is involved to get the help and get a card?

  4. peter pann

    totally rediculious way too much money guess i’ll just keep growin my own know what I have and always good

  5. Judi Jeska

    Here it is Oct 30 2018 NO!!!! Dispensary’s opened…. I have suffered with Fibromylgia for 40 years. went on Disability in my fifties. Had lower jaw bone cancer 4yrs ago. The cancer ate an 1inch of the bone in my lower jaw. A 10hr surgery and a month later a 14hr surgery on my jaw has so far stopped the cancer. My mouth hurts all the time and the Fibromylgia is so pain I live around a 10 +or- in pain on a daily bases. I have chronic fatigue, IBS, sleep apena, asthma, and a few more. The doctors in Southern Ohio took pain meds away from us elderly no matter our illness. So we all went cold turkey. For months we suffered withdrawal. Now I suffer from the pain of my illness. We nee those dispensaries opened soon!!! We have waited long enough…. open a few. One at least in the South. NEED HELP!!!

  6. Susan

    Yikes. I was looking so forward to this opportunity to get away from these opioids to control my pain and give me some quality of life. I can see that I too……..will not be able to afford this. I am on social security disability also. I’m so discouraged.

  7. Debra Byrne

    I as well was waiting for this too. Having failed back surgery with rods and screws as well and neck surgery plus both hips replaced. I rely on the fentanyl patch and oxycodone which got cut so far back cause of the junkies not wanting to say no. I’m 58 and on disability and no way can ever afford these prices! I’m out raged and sick over this!

  8. melvin

    Ok what about people who can’t afford the dr.for med card?can Care source pay for a dr.our no?

    • vicky l blackstone

      they do take payments cost for me was 280$

  9. DEE

    ITS A CONSPIRACY …. theres no way we the ones who are on a fixed income could began to try and afford these prices. its do i have to sit in severe pain? or do i get to eat because i need my electric and gas ? its bad enough were seeing changes happening to us because of the Heroin epidemic.ive been on these pn meds for yrs not once have i ever wanted to TRY or USE heroin. new laws use your medicare / medicaide to pay for your prescriptions your only allowed 7 day supply @ a time .more money used going bk n forth to Drs. for refill scripts. alot of people cant have the surgery they need due to other health issues so med. marijuana would be great for them but no way can they afford it. so the conspiracy is ….. gov. wants to Rid the poor people from under Them. HEY GUESS WHAT?? WE WORKED ALL OUR LIVES , REAL MANUAL LABOR JOBS NOT PENCIL PUSHING CUSHY JOBS LIKE THEM NOW WERE PAYING DEARLY FOR IT.can us poor now tht we cant work no more people get some slack?? or who knows what some people might end up doing have they thought about that???GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU DESERVING PEOPLE…

    • Rick

      I have to wonder why you can only get a 7 day supply of your opioid pain medication. I see a pain management specialist in Dayton, Ohio and I get 3 1-months prescriptions at a time. I am drug tested once per year. I am on disability and use Medicare Part D to pay for my prescriptions. I would be looking for another doctor if I were you. Going in to see him or her every 7 days is just ridiculous. I’m sorry to hear you’re having such problems…

  10. DEE

    This is absolutely insane .These prices are rediculous ive been in pn management for yrs now dont like it they make you feel like a pillbilly knowing your conditions are ligit they are the ones who diagnosed you but yet yet make you feel awful because you cant take the pn no more. and now because of the heroin epidemic we got to suffer for others irresponsible addictions. now you can only get 7 day supply at a time if you use your medicaide/medicare to pay for it now med marijuana wants to charge you these prices ???? its all a conspiracy people the Government knows fixed income people cant afford these prices nor can we afford most of our meds we nd to take .so they are trying to rid the poor. you cant afford none of this for siezures, TBI,chronic pn. than what happens to them / us ??????? alot of them rid themselves SADDDD….

  11. Anonymous

    I’ve also heard, that once you get your mmj card, that you can’t get pain pills anymore!?!

    • Kathy Stahl

      Not true. It is to compliment your current treatment.i know .I have Ohio card.no problem with your pain meds.

  12. craig w simmons

    We need to vote to change this current mm law in ohio.
    Smoking and growing needs to be added.
    Buying mm is not always an option for many on low incomes.
    How do you decide on paying bills or medical relief that mm gives
    growing is a must for many.

    • Dorlyn Cottrell

      True, I’m on soc.sec.disability. There is no way I can afford the license,Pre-approval.& the physision. Then have to drive 50 miles for the prescription. I also am very close to the Indiana line. Why can’t I go to my VA doctor in Ft. Wayne to get approved

  13. Khalifa Judge

    Well, Kiss Miss Mitchell. I have had chronic back pain-on-and off since 1979. I didn’t become disabled until 2015!I just fought thru the pain, and of course allowed the doctors to drug the pain away. I finally requested to be taken off of the percocet, since I had found a substitute (marijuana) with none of the side effects-excessive sleepiness and itching-I was experiencing. Fast forward to now and this madness about $200-300 doctor visits, annual renewal fees, and how the program may not launch on time, I think that we organize in much the same manner as those setting these crazy rates have. We move as a bloc to set what we will pay at each level of quality, meaning we need ballot initiatives. Either stand up or shut up!

    • craig w simmons

      very well said

  14. Teresa Oppman

    I have the 3 month med card. The doctor who recommended med mj is in Toledo and it cost $250 first visit and that included card. Was authorized by MI to buy from certain dispensaries but you had to travel with lock box and paperwork when traveling back home. Card only valid 3 months and dr visit/renewal is $150 at office in Toledo or $90 to be sent via money order and then dr will speak to you on Google duo, going over how its helped and any new symptoms. ETC. Then they send updates 3 month card and ppwk. I will have to renew after the state takes over cards and I will do thru same dr as she already knows what shes doing. Do not know new costs yet. I agree with all of you the high cost is horrible and should be covered by insurance. Most of the disabilities covered to get approved are life threatening and the mi should be covered too. I dont want the opioids!!!! I’m sure all the politicians that decide these things probably have their own stash anyway. What’s the big deal???!!

    • medcards

      Great comment! Thank you. You stuck the landing…10

    • Tammy

      Teresa who is the Dr? I am in pain now and feel like the state is dragging their feet. I would like to see if this is a viable option for me ? I have no pain meds to take now so I drink (Not good ) and take Tylenol my liver is taking a beating


    I was told that if you are low income and disabled that the state of Ohio will only charge 25 00 it is worth the fee for a doctor to get your card ,,, DON’T FALL TO OPIOIOTS ,,,WILL ONLY TEAR UP YOUR SYSTEM IN THE LONG RUN !!!! .. I KNOW AFTER TAKING THEM FOR 26 YEARS ,,,,,MORPHINE , OXY , AND DEMERAL … 4 YEARS CLEAN THANKS TO MARIJUANA !!!! PS I’m 64

    • Christina

      Thank You for sharing this information it gives me hope to recover and be clean and free of anxieties ptsd etc

    • Susan Ouellette

      Ty for your comment. I am 55 been suffering with Fibro for 30 years! Could you share the Dr you went to as I am disabled and on SSDI

  16. Val

    I have been dealing with an illness for 16 yrs. It’s been really bad the past 6 yrs. I’m on disability and those amounts aren’t within my reach. I agree if it’s medical insurance should cover the cost. Like any other Dr. Appt or prescription.

  17. jennifer

    I agree with everyone else and I am on ssi so I was looking forward to this until I read it will be 300 cash another money maker just like suboxone

    • Bev

      They just have to make money off of it somehow it’s ridiculous how are people on Social Security Disability supposed to be able to afford to go to the doctor what a crock of s*** with a politicians and legislature again

  18. Jodi L Walters

    I agree the cost is too high…I’m on disability/ssi….I’m gonna have to TRY to save just for appt. It’s not fair when drug addicts get their suboxin free or low charge.

    • Dennie

      I agree with you 100% Jodi. I have waited for this and being older, handicapped and living on a fixed income; I feel they just punched me in the stomach. That amount is like going to the Dr’s who’s selling pills. If i were to get the $300, my insurance is not going to pay for the medicine and I sure can’t afford it. If it’s medical, why can’t they bill the insurance for the initial visit, they’re not paying for the product. I hear you Paul, loud and clear.

  19. Paul

    So this is only for the rich? What a farce! I’ll just buy my weed from the Mayors son.

    • Anonymous


  20. Alanna Sage

    Is there anything being done about making an Ohio Marijuana card more accessible cost wise? So many of us who need this can’t afford $300.00! That’s crazy! I was living in CALIFORNIA for 5 yrs previously and only paid $60.00 per year and $40.00 for my medical weed. Ohio has never really helped us poorer people and other than my brief move I have been in Ohio all my life! This is so frustrating, giving us hope for relief and then making it totally unaffordable!

  21. D K Miller

    I have chronic pain for which I was treated with an opioid for about 4 years. I had a good quality of life during that time, then my doctor moved out of state. My quality of life has been reduced drastically. I can not find a doctor that cares about my quality of life, they treat me like a drug addict. I have never abused opioids, I followed CDC recommended dosing instructions ( same as doctors ).

    The DEA has intimidated doctors to the point that they will not prescribe opioids even for those with medical records that support their proper treatment. I also rely on Medicare and Medicaid for my health needs so the high cost of the medical marijuana program in Ohio puts it out of reach for me.

    I hope the voters of Ohio respond to this farce by legalizing marijuana without limitation.

  22. Anonymous

    In Colorado Springs the Dr fee and License to buy were one price. $55. once a year. I was getting it for $40. an ounce. And $15. an ounce for what is called shake from the day before. What a disappointment. Only the rich can afford these expenses.

    • Anonymous

      What Will The productes cost a person

      • medcards

        The information on cost is not available yet.

  23. Anita

    I agree with Ms. Lacognata…. I’ve had 3 major back surgeries..screws,pins,spacers,cages,rods…I depend on BWC and Medicare…the out of pocket money you will need is in the 100s, and paying annually for a card and appointmentsee is just not doable…Sad Ohio that you are doing it this Way! People like me that have waited years for this to come to fruition are Screwed! Ohio you are totally going to profit big time so why not make things affordable for ALL of us? Medicare and BWC should cover this the same as they cover the opioids we must take to live our lives….most people who need this are on medicare…just legalize it for all so we can live pain free lives!

  24. Linda sturgill

    I hope I can get a medical card..i cannot do or want to do opioid for my severe pain..i have osteoarthritis and maybe go fibromyalgia..plus I suffer from bipolar

  25. jennifer lacognata

    I have 4 failed back surgeries & I’m sorry but, the way the government has set this up I will not be able to participate & I’ve been looking forward to this for almost 15 years. The $ you have to pay for the dr from what I’ve seen in Ohio is between 100&200 Then you have the actual product & then coming out of my pocket for the machine-Not to mention the follow up dr appointments which the cheapest I saw was 75.00. I live in low income housing & just make all my bills with my SSI $ Having rods & screws in your spine with nerve damage & scar tissue should let you get the relief you need without being turned away because I have to depend on medicare to see a dr 4 what I need. I just don’t understand why I can’t get the help I need 2

  26. Carrie Lynn

    I’m so happy this is finally coming to fruition! I have had Crohns Disease for 13 years,and it’s getting harder and harder for new medications to work. I have faith in herbs!🙂


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