Quick Reference Guide: How to Get Medical Marijuana in Ohio

Quick Reference Guide: How to Get Medical Marijuana in Ohio

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How To Get A Recommendation From An Ohio Medical Marijuana Doctor

The first step to getting a medical marijuana card in Ohio is to make an in-person appointment with an Ohio medical marijuana doctor.

List of certified Ohio medical marijuana doctors 

  • The physician must have an active “Certificate to Recommend” (CTR) issued by the State Medical Board of Ohio. 
  • The patient must supply the recommending physician with a valid Ohio driver’s license, or a valid Ohio identification card issued by the Ohio bureau of motor vehicles (BMV), or a valid United States passport showing Ohio residency. 
  • The physician must confirm the patient is suffering from one of the state’s qualifying medical conditions and that the patient’s condition can benefit from the use of medical marijuana. (See the list below.) 
  • Ohio medical marijuana patients who are unable to acquire or administer medical marijuana may appoint a caregiver.**
  • If the patient is approved, the recommending physician will submit their recommendation to the Ohio medical marijuana Patient Registry.
  • An in-person visit with a medical marijuana doctor is required at least once per year.*
  • *On March 18, 2020, the State Medical Board of Ohio voted to allow the use of telemedicine for licensees during the COVID-19 pandemic. These emergency measures allow potential patients to use audio or video conferencing to meet with a medical marijuana doctor for both initial recommendations and renewals for an Ohio medical marijuana card. Click here for more information on the use of telemedicine for Ohio medical marijuana patients.
  • **On March 23, 2020, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy adopted a temporary process to register new caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for more information.

Qualifying medical conditions for an Ohio medical marijuana card:

How to get an Ohio medical marijuana card

  • Once an Ohio-certified medical marijuana doctor has entered a patient or caregiver into the registry, the patient/caregiver will receive an email prompting them to log in to the Ohio medical marijuana Patient Registry to complete their registration.  
  • In order to maintain a valid Ohio medical marijuana card, patients must pay an annual registration fee of $50 ($25 for caregivers). However, patients who qualify for indigent or veteran status may be eligible for fee reductions

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Ohio

  • Patients and caregivers holding a current Ohio medical marijuana card and valid I.D. may purchase medicine from any licensed Ohio medical marijuana dispensary. Dispensary staff will counsel patients and caregivers on the appropriate delivery method and dosage for the patient’s condition.

Ohio medical marijuana patient possession limits

  • Medical marijuana doctors in Ohio can recommend up to a 90-day supply of medical marijuana with three refills (total 360-day supply). For more information on how a 90-day supply is calculated, click here

How To Get An Ohio Medical Marijuana Card (MedCard)

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