COLUMBUS, Ohio — Patients wanting to use medical marijuana in Ohio’s new program would have to pay a $50 annual fee for their membership card, under draft rules released Friday. The fee would be $25 for veterans or people who receive federal disability benefits.
Patients and caregivers would register with the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy, possibly through their doctor’s office, and receive an ID card to buy marijuana at retail dispensaries.
Up to 40 licenses for medical marijuana product manufacturers, called processors, would be available, under proposed rules. Processors would have to pay a $10,000 application fee and a $90,000 license fee. Renewal would cost $100,000 a year.
Ohio’s medical marijuana law allows patients with 20 medical conditions to buy and use marijuana if recommended by a doctor. The law prohibits smoking and growing marijuana at home.
The Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee will review the rules at its meeting Friday. Public comment will be collected on both processor and patient and caregiver rules until 5 p.m. Feb. 10.
Ohio’s medical marijuana law left most of the regulatory details, including how to license growers and register patients, to the Ohio Department of Commerce, Ohio State Board of Pharmacy and Ohio State Medical Board to decide over the next year.
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Mobile readers, click here to read the draft patient and caregiver rules.