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How to get Certified for a medical marijuana card in Ohio

An Ohio marijuana card is a state issued ID card that enables patients access to shop at open dispensaries. To get a medical marijuana card, patients must get certified by a state licensed medical marijuana doctor. 

Qualified patients can get a medical marijuana card online using MedCard Telemedicine. After doing an online consultation, certified patients receive an email from the Ohio Board of Pharmacy stating that the application has been approved. Then Ohio marijuana card patients must pay a $50 annual fee to the state. Patients with disabilities, supplemental income, veteran status or on social security may qualify for a 50% discount.

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Get or Renew Your Ohio Medical Marijuana Card Today!

For Ohio residents, we make it easy to connect with a certified doctor to get or renew your Medical Marijuana Card. To get started, simply fill out the patient registration form below, press submit, and your on your way to a MedCard telemedicine doctors appointment online. See if you qualify today!

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Ohio medical marijuana qualifying conditions:

How to Renew an Ohio medical card

Patients & caregivers must renew their registration through the Patient & Caregiver Registry no more than 90 days prior to the expiration date found on their Registry card. 

As with the initial registration, patients will be required to visit their recommending physician before completing their registration renewal. 

Registrants will receive email reminders 45 days, 15 days and 1 day prior to their registration’s expiration date if they haven’t renewed their registration.

There is a $50 renewal fee for patients and $25 for caregivers. 

OH Marijuana Certification Guide + FAQ

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Ohio Marijuana Program History

House Bill 523, effective on September 8, 2016, legalized medical marijuana in Ohio. 

Patients diagnosed with any of a list of qualifying medical conditions may apply for a medical marijuana card in Ohio. Patients must be approved by a registered Ohio medical marijuana doctor. 

An Ohio medical marijuana card permits the cardholder to shop at Ohio dispensaries. It also offers some legal protection from Ohio marijuana possession laws. 

Three state government agencies are responsible for the operation of Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program: The Ohio Department of Commerce (industry regulation), The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy (oversees dispensaries and caregivers), and the State Medical Board of Ohio (certifying physicians, qualifying conditions).

Age restrictions

Adults over the age of 18 in Ohio with a qualifying condition may be eligible for a medical marijuana license. Patients under the age of 18 must have the consent of a parent or legal guardian.

Caregivers

Ohio medical marijuana patients may designate a caregiver to purchase and administer medical marijuana. 

Caregivers must register with the State to purchase, possess, and administer medical marijuana for qualifying patients. Caregivers in Ohio must pay a $25 annual fee. 

Each patient can have two caregivers, and an individual can serve as a caregiver for two patients.

Telemedicine

Under Ohio’s Covid-19 emergency rules, Ohio Physicians are currently permitted to evaluate medical marijuana patients via TeleMedicine (phone or video conference) in lieu of an in-person visit. This may change when emergency measures are lifted.

How long is an Ohio medical marijuana card good for?

Cards are valid from the date of issuance and will expire one year later, on the last day of the month it was issued.

How do I get my medical records in Ohio?

In order to get copies of medical records, the patient or a legal guardian simply needs to contact the current healthcare provider and ask for a copy. Some healthcare providers will require that the patient make a formal request in writing. Some may also require the patient to fill out a request form in person or online. 

Once the patient’s medical records have been obtained, the patient can make an appointment with a certified Ohio medical marijuana doctor to determine if the patient qualifies.

How do I make an appointment with an Ohio medical marijuana doctor?

Most medical marijuana doctors in Ohio will take appointments by phone. Some let patients schedule appointments online. Visit the healthcare provider’s website or call for more information.

Complete the MMJ Patient Registration Form above to find an Ohio marijuana doctor and get started.

What does it cost to see an Ohio medical marijuana doctor?

Initial examinations for a medical marijuana card in Ohio generally cost between $150 and $250. Follow-up visits generally fall in the range of $75 to $150. However, each medical marijuana doctor clinic sets their own rates. Most will either post their rates on their website or provide them over the phone.

Discounts and low cost Ohio marijuana cards are available, depending on the doctor

Is my medical information and patient status private?

Doctors and those employed by dispensaries will be able to verify a patient or caregiver’s registration.

All information provided by medical marijuana patients registered with the Ohio Board of Pharmacy’s Patient Registry system is confidential and HIPPA compliant.

The law prohibits the Board of Pharmacy, as well as licensed dispensaries, from making personal identifying information public.

Can employers test employees for marijuana use if they have an Ohio medical marijuana card?

Yes. Employers in Ohio may still test employees for marijuana use. Moreover, employers can hire or fire or demote employees who use medical marijuana.

Can patients be denied an apartment rental or evicted on the basis of being a medical marijuana patient?

No. However, patients may be bound to no-smoking policies under their lease. Moreover, smoking marijuana is still illegal in Ohio.

How much medical marijuana can patients buy in Ohio?

The state of Ohio allows patients and their respective caregivers the right to purchase and possess up to a 90-day supply of medical marijuana in any form. The 90-day supply is based on the recommending doctor’s prescription.

What is a proper dosage of cannabinoids?

The correct dosage of medical marijuana products can vary greatly depending on the patient’s medical condition. The patient’s directed dosage and schedule should be determined by their medical marijuana doctor.

Does health insurance or Medicare cover medical marijuana?

Health insurance and Medicare do not cover medical marijuana because herbal remedies are not approved by the FDA for prescription use. However, there are some drugs that have been approved by the FDA such as Epidiolex (for children with certain types of epilepsy) which contains CBD, and dronabinol/Marinol which is a synthetic cannabinoid similar to THC. Insurance policies might cover these prescription drugs. Check with your insurance provider.

How does an Ohio medical marijuana patient designate a caregiver?

Ohio medical marijuana patients may designate a caregiver to purchase and administer medical marijuana. Caregivers must register with the State to purchase, possess, and administer medical marijuana for qualifying patients. 

The patient must designate a caregiver to their physician who will then create a profile in the Patient & Caregiver Registry. The caregiver must then complete registration through the Patient & Caregiver Registry.

If the patient is a minor or a parent or legal guardian must act as a caregiver.

Caregivers may also temporarily apply for registration directly through the Board of Pharmacy using the process outlined here.

Each patient can have two caregivers, and an individual can serve as a caregiver for two patients. 

Registered caregivers may serve up to two patients.

There is a $25 annual fee for Caregivers in Ohio.

See the “Completing Caregiver Registration” video on the patient and caregiver page

How do I change the information on an Ohio medical marijuana card?

Patient information can be changed (such as change of address or name) or corrected in the case of an error by logging into the patient registry.

How doe I Contact the Ohio Medical Marijuana Program

For questions regarding the information on this page, please contact the Ohio Medical Marijuana Toll-Free Helpline at 1-833-4OH-MMCP (1-833-464-6627) or visit the Program’s Contact page.

I'm bugging out, how to report adverse reactions?

Think twice, take a deep breath, drink some water. Anyone who may be experiencing serious or life-threatening issues should seek immediate medical attention. Patients and caregivers should report any adverse reactions to medical marijuana to the MMCP toll-free helpline (1-833-464-6627).

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