All open Ohio dispensary locations can be found here on OH Dispensaries. There are now 52 cannabis stores operating in the state with more opening in 2022. Last year, the state approved tripling the number of Ohio dispensaries that can open. Certified marijuana patients will need to bring an ID, Ohio medical card, and cash or a debit card to buy dispensary products.
Directions for how to get certified from an Ohio Medical Doctor.
About OH Marijuana
Ohio Regulated Cannabis Market Overview
Type of program: Medical only
Ohio Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 523 in June 2016 to legalize the medical use of cannabis in Ohio. The bill set up a state-run system of growing facilities, testing labs, physician certification, patient registration, processors and retail dispensaries. The program was originally scheduled to be operational by September of 2018, but the opening of dispensaries was delayed until January 2019 when House Bill 523 was passed.
The maximum fine for possessing marijuana without an Ohio medical marijuana card in Ohio is $150. However, there are other consequences including potential suspension of driver’s license for a period of six months to five years. Furthermore, the use of marijuana on the same premises as a minor comes with severe penalties.
Marijuana dispensaries in Ohio
Currently, in the state of Ohio, 50 medical marijuana dispensaries are allowed to sell products to qualifying patients with a medical marijuana card. The openings of 10 more dispensaries in the state are pending.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, deveral dispensaries are offering curbside pickup.
With an Ohio medical marijuana card patients may purchase medical marijuana and cannabis-infused oils, etc., at any dispensary in the State of Ohio.
Marijuana Menu products available in Ohio
Cannabis is sold at Ohio dispensaries in a variety of different menu products.
Cannabis buds, or flower is available in Indica, Hybrid, and Sativa strains for vaping only. Processed marijuana products include CBD & THC Oil for vape pens, lotions, tinctures, bud or flower, edibles, and patches.
Medical marijuana products available in Ohio include:
- Vaper cartridges
- Topical ointments
- Dried flower
Ohio purchase and possession limits
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.
OH Marijuana Deliveries RX: not available in Ohio
At present, Ohio has not made any laws to allow for the delivery of marijuana but this could change in the future.
Marijuana doctors in Ohio
The State Board of Ohio must approve all doctors who wish to prescribe medical marijuana to their patients. The doctors are required to have a bona fide relationship with the patient, must discuss the risks and benefits of medical marijuana, and review the patient’s prescription history over the past month.
Ohio Marijuana Laws
Marijuana-related DUI laws in Ohio
In Ohio, under current laws, there is a limit for a marijuana DUI at 35 nanograms of marijuana metabolites per ml of urine or 50 nanograms per ml of blood. A DUI involving marijuana can result in the suspension of the driver’s license plus substantial fines.
Penalties for driving under the influence of marijuana are the same as those for driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Transporting cannabis in Ohio
In the state of Ohio, if a medical marijuana patient or their caregiver must transport cannabis in a vehicle, it must be in a tamper-evident, reasonably secured container and not accessible by the driver or passengers when the car is moving.
Public consumption laws in Ohio
Medical marijuana patients may only consume marijuana products in their own residence or a private residence.
Areas in Ohio that DO NOT allow the use of marijuana:
- Public land in any capacity
Marijuana’s is still federally illegal and is a Schedule I controlled substance the possession of which comes with stiff penalties. Furthermore, possessing marijuana on Federal property could result in prosecution.
At present, there are no lounges or facilities in which medical marijuana patients can consume cannabis legally in the state of Ohio.
Home cultivation in Ohio: not allowed
At this time, Ohio does not permit medical marijuana patients or their caregivers to grow their own marijuana at home.
Ohio medical marijuana and guns
Medical marijuana patients are prohibited from owning a gun in Ohio.
Marijuana is a Schedule I Controlled Substance and federally illegal in spite of medical cannabis’ legal status in Ohio.
The databases for concealed weapons permits and medical marijuana are not cross-referenceable. However, it’s a crime to lie on any federal form and may be punishable by up to five years in prison.
Pending Changes to Ohio Marijuana Laws
Ohio was actually the sixth U.S. state to decriminalize the possession of marijuana. This happened way back in 1975.
Although eight petitions to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use have been certified by authorities over the past five years, only one has made it onto a ballot.
Although a 2015 Quinnipiac University poll showed that 53 percent of Ohio voters were in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana, the measure was rejected by a margin of 2 to 1.
A new initiative for 2022 titled “The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Amendment” calls for a constitutional amendment allowing adults over the age of 21 to legally possess and use marijuana.
The amendment would essentially permit up to 200 recreational marijuana dispensaries to open in Ohio. The one hundred existing medical marijuana dispensaries, under the current proposal, would be allowed to sell to non-medical users.
Towns and cities in the state would have the right to limit the number of dispensaries, their hours of operations, or prohibit them completely. The resulting revenues from the recreational facilities would be used to fund diversity programs.
If the Ohio state legislature acts on the legalization legislation, this reform could happen as early as 2023.
Ohio is the 7th most populated state in the U.S. If Ohio were to legalize marijuana it could become a major player in the North American cannabis market.
Ohio hemp and CBD laws
In 2019, the Ohio legislature passed a law that decriminalized the sale of hemp and CBD. The law allows retailers to sell CBD oil that is derived from hemp and contains less than 0.3% of THC.
A medical marijuana card is not required to buy CBD online or in-store.