Ohioans seeking medical marijuana to address chronic pain, cancer, brain injuries and other conditions will have to pay $50 a year to the state for a patient card, according to rules being considered by the Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Commission.
The advisory panel is taking public comment until Feb. 10 on proposed rules for processors and patients for Ohio’s nascent medical marijuana program. The proposed rules must be adopted by September.
The proposed rules for patients and caregivers include:
Required registration with the Ohio Board of Pharmacy. Annual registration fees will be $15 for caregivers and $50 for patients — a 50 percent reduction for veterans or indigent patients. Minor patients must have a parent or legal representative serve as their caregiver. Caregivers must be 21 or older and may serve up to two patients. Applications from terminally ill patients shall be approved or denied within 10 business days.
To qualify for the registry, patients must have a physician diagnose that they suffer from a qualifying condition and issue a recommendation that they use medical marijuana.
Up to 40 licenses will be issued for medical marijuana processors, who convert the plant material into oils, extracts, edibles and other forms for patient use. Processors will have to pay $100,000 fee for a license application as well as a $90,000 certificate of operation fee. Annual renewal fees will be $100,000.
The proposed rules for processors spell out requirements for facility plans, access to capital, employee training, safety and ID cards, lab testing and inspections.