How to get a medical marijuana card in Ohio
OH Marijuana Certifications Guide - 2021 Update
In order to get a medical marijuana card in Ohio, patients must be approved by a state-certified medical marijuana doctor. The state requires patients to provide relevant medical records.
Patients will receive a signed letter from the doctor as a placeholder until they download a medical marijuana card from the Ohio Board of Pharmacy.
The signed recommendation letter cannot be used to access a dispensary, but can be utilized as a secondary form of proof that you are an approved medical marijuana patient in Ohio.
The State Board of Pharmacy will process the recommendation and enroll the patient in the program.
After receiving an email from the Ohio Board of Pharmacy stating that the application has been approved, patients must pay a $50 annual fee. Patients with disabilities, supplemental income, veteran status or on social security may qualify for a 50% discount.
Patients must print out their Ohio medical marijuana card. They will not receive a physical card.
Ohio medical marijuana qualifying conditions:
In order to obtain a medical marijuana card in Ohio, patients must be diagnosed with one of the following qualifying medical conditions.
- Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
- Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
- Crohn’s disease
- Epilepsy or other seizure disorders
- Hepatitis C
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Pain that is either of the following nature: (i) Chronic and severe; or (ii) Intractable
- Parkinson’s disease
- Positive status for HIV
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Sickle cell anemia
- Spinal cord disease or injury
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Traumatic brain injury
- Ulcerative colitis
Renew an Ohio medical marijuana 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.
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.
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.
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.
All information provided by medical marijuana patients registered with the Ohio Board of Pharmacy’s Patient Registry system is confidential and HIPPA compliant.