How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card In Ohio 
The Complete Handbook
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 now issuing marijuana cards. 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.
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 2 – 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 3 – 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.
- Find medical marijuana near you by clicking here. During the early months of Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Program, the industry responsible for growing, producing and testing these products is in start-up phase and may have limited inventory available. Also, not all proposed dispensary locations will be fully licensed and open for business.
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?
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?
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
- 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
Get Certified for Medical Cannabis In Ohio:
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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.
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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.