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How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card In Ohio[2018]

The Complete Handbook

Marijuana is legal in Ohio. House Bill 523, effective on September 8, 2016, legalized medical marijuana in Ohio. Patient identification cards are not being issued by the state of Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program (MMCP) at this time. The program is expected to start issuing marijuana cards in September, 2018. If you are an Ohio resident and are interested in getting a medical marijuana ID card, this comprehensive handbook will give you all the information that you need. A MedCard is required to get legal processed cannabis under Ohio law from a licensed dispensary. This complete guide answers all the questions that have come up regarding How To Get Medical a Marijuana Card in Ohio.

If you have any further questions after reading this, you can contact the MMCP program at:

Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program
77 South High Street, 17th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 466-4143

The process on how to get a medical marijuana card in Ohio is as follows:

STEP 1 – Find a Medical Marijuana Doctor in Ohio

A doctor, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse must certify your condition.

  • Locate and contact a certified Ohio medical marijuana doctor that will speak with you in regard to recommending medical marijuana.
  • Schedule an appointment with your doctor, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse.
  • Recommendations for cannabis must come from and be submitted by an Ohio state-licensed and currently practicing physician.
  • You must establish a doctor patient relationship with the recommending physician.

STEP 2 – Complete Form

  • The complete physician recommendation for medical marijuana must be submitted to the Board of Pharmacy within 90 days of the diagnosis that states you have a qualify for marijuana in Ohio.  The doctors office is responsible for filling out the complete registration form and they will submit it to the state of Ohio Board of Pharmacy for review.
  • Pay the application fee to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy. The recommending doctors office will notify you the cost. The application fee has not been disclosed by the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program, MMCP.
  • Proof of residency is required & will be submitted at the same time as the physician’s recommendation form. Acceptable forms for proof of residency are:
    • A valid Ohio driver’s license
    • A valid Ohio identification card issued through the state’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles(BMV)
    • A valid U.S. passport or passport card.

STEP 3 – Get Your MedCard

  • If approved, you will be added to the Ohio MMCP Registry, and will receive your medical marijuana card beginning in September, 2018.
  • Congratulations! You are now officially registered with the program.

Q&A

OH Marijuana Cards Questions & Answers

Other Important Information on the OH Medical Marijuana License Process: 

1. How Much Does an OH Medical Card Cost To Get From The State?

There is an annual registration fee that has not been released yet.

2. How much does a visit to an Ohio Marijuana Doctor Cost?

The Average Cost to visit a certifying doctor is $200-$300. This service is typically a cash only option.

3. Can You Pay Using a Credit Card?

To be determined.

4. How Long Is My MedCard Good For?

Your medical ID card will be valid from the date of issuance for 1 year and will expire on the last day of the month the card was issued. The Board of Pharmacy will send notification to each patient 45 calendar days before the expiration date on the card.

5. My card is expiring, how do I renew it?

Patients must annually renew before the expiration date stated on the patient’s registry identification card. Renewal submissions, fees, and required documentation may be submitted up to thirty calendar days before the registration will expire. Failure to renew will result in an automatic suspension.

6. Does Ohio recognize medical cards issued in other states? 

Currently, there is no reciprocity for out of state marijuana cards. The law does require that the Board of Pharmacy attempt in good faith to negotiate and enter into reciprocity agreements with other states. If Ohio does enter into a reciprocity agreement with another state, the information will be posted here.

7. Once I have my Ohio MedCard, where can I buy marijuana?

The state will publish a list of licensed Cannabis Dispensaries which all can be found on OHDispensaries.com or to quickly find the location of the dispensary near you on our map:

8. Where can I find a recommending medical marijuana doctor in OH? 

Find one on our map by clicking the link below, Ohio Dispensaries & Doctors is another good resource or fill out the registration form on the site & one will contact you.


 9. Once I have my OH MMJ card, can I grow my own marijuana?

No

Ohio Debilitating Qualifying Conditions List

What are the Debilitating Conditions That Qualify For Medical Marijuana in Ohio?

 

  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Spinal Cord Disease or Injury
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Hepatitis C
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable
  • Positive Status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • PTSD
  • Sickle Cell Anemia

Get Certified for Medical Cannabis In Ohio:

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For potential medical marijuana patients in OH we now offer a service that makes it easy to connect with a recommending doctor. You will also receive updates on new developments surrounding the medical marijuana program. If you are interested fill out the MMJ patient registration form and a physician or clinic representative contact you as available.

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Ohio Marijuana Registration Form

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Ohio Marijuana FAQ’s

Frequently asked questions about medical marijuana, CBD, edibles, laws, recreational weed, travel & more:

Who Can Use Medical Marijuana?

  • Patients that have registered and been issued their MedCard.

Will I Be Allowed to Smoke Weed Once Qualified?

  • The law prohibits the use of medical marijuana by smoking or combustion, although does allows for vaping.

How much cannabis can I possess as a legal patient?

According to the Ohio Administrative Code, a patient or their caregiver can purchase  a 90 day supply of “whole day units”. A whole day unit is defined under state law as:

  • One-tenth of an ounce (2.83 grams) of plant material
  • 295 mg of THC contained in a patch, lotion, cream, or ointment
  • 110 mg of THC contained in an oil, tincture, capsule, or edible for oral administration
  • 590 mg of THC contained in oil for vaporization

For more information for the limits of how much can be possessed, check the state’s official medical marijuana quantity/possession limits here.

Can I use Medical Marijuana Anywhere?

  • Similar to all states, once legislative action is taken, Ohio medical cannabis card holders have to be responsible. It is important to remember that when smoking in public it may be assumed that you are using it for recreational use which is illegal on a Federal Level. Ohio medical marijuana card holders are advised to consume their medicine responsibly in the safety of their home or in a private residence.

Can I Take My Medical Marijuana to a Different State?

  • No. According to current laws patients who obtain a medical card should use medical marijuana in Ohio only. Medical marijuana patients may face federal and local charges of transporting marijuana if they cross state lines with the drug. This is true even if the states between which they are traveling allow medical marijuana. If you plan to travel with med marijuana, it would be best to contact the state’s Bureau of health to understand the exact laws of the state you are traveling to in order to not risk breaking the law.

What are the allowable forms of marijuana under Ohio law.

  • Cannabis products will be available in a variety of indica, sativa & hybrid strains in raw plant form. Processed MMJ will be available in CBD Oil Cartridges, THC Oil Cartridges for vape pens, tinctures, edibles, and transdermal patches.

I see CBD Oils, Edibles, Topicals, & Gummies for sale online, in commercials and signs at specialty shops around town, is CBD Oil legal Ohio?

  • Hemp CBD oil which is derived from the hemp plant is legal throughout the United States. That is what is being advertised and sold in stores and online. More & more people are embracing the cannabidiol lifestyle choice and as a preferred dietary supplement. You need a Ohio marijuana card to legally get the cannabis derived low-THC high-CBD medicines from a local dispensary.

 Will CBD get me high?

  • No. CBD is a product that has no THC if derived from hemp and very little if derived from cannabis and properly manufactured. THC is the chemical compound that creates the “high”. CBD products are available for patients that have a need for non-euphoric treatment.

What is the difference between CBD & THC?

  • Psychoactive Vs. Non-Psychoactive. THC creates a euphoric effect due to the way it connects to the bodies endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system has been recently recognized as an important modulatory system in the function of brain, endocrine, and immune tissues. Cannabidiol, or CBD reacts differently and is used with patients that require or prefer non euphoric care.

CBD for Pets, really?

  • Yes, CBD for Dogs, CBD for Cats, and CBD for pets in general is becoming a popular treatment for caring for pets that have arthritis, chronic pain and other ailments. The efficacy and safety of CBD for dogs, cats, and other pets have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA only evaluates foods and drugs, not supplements like these products.

Where can I get CBD for pets?

  • You can find CBD for pets online, at some pet stores, and at holistic shops.
  • Buy CBD for pets online by clicking here.

CBD For Pets

I Recently Read An Article That Recreational Weed Was Legal In Ohio. Is This True?

  • No. Recreational Marijuana and Recreational Dispensaries Are NOT LEGAL in Ohio – These Articles are Fake News.

Are THC Infused edibles allowed in OH?

  • Yes, marijuana edibles are legal in Ohio.

How Much Should I consume?

  • We are not doctors and do not give medical advise. Please consult with an licensed OH marijuana doctor before using.

5 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    In Colorado Springs the Dr fee and License to buy were one price. $55. once a year. I was getting it for $40. an ounce. And $15. an ounce for what is called shake from the day before. What a disappointment. Only the rich can afford these expenses.

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  2. Anita

    I agree with Ms. Lacognata…. I’ve had 3 major back surgeries..screws,pins,spacers,cages,rods…I depend on BWC and Medicare…the out of pocket money you will need is in the 100s, and paying annually for a card and appointmentsee is just not doable…Sad Ohio that you are doing it this Way! People like me that have waited years for this to come to fruition are Screwed! Ohio you are totally going to profit big time so why not make things affordable for ALL of us? Medicare and BWC should cover this the same as they cover the opioids we must take to live our lives….most people who need this are on medicare…just legalize it for all so we can live pain free lives!

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  3. Linda sturgill

    I hope I can get a medical card..i cannot do or want to do opioid for my severe pain..i have osteoarthritis and maybe go fibromyalgia..plus I suffer from bipolar

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  4. jennifer lacognata

    I have 4 failed back surgeries & I’m sorry but, the way the government has set this up I will not be able to participate & I’ve been looking forward to this for almost 15 years. The $ you have to pay for the dr from what I’ve seen in Ohio is between 100&200 Then you have the actual product & then coming out of my pocket for the machine-Not to mention the follow up dr appointments which the cheapest I saw was 75.00. I live in low income housing & just make all my bills with my SSI $ Having rods & screws in your spine with nerve damage & scar tissue should let you get the relief you need without being turned away because I have to depend on medicare to see a dr 4 what I need. I just don’t understand why I can’t get the help I need 2

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  5. Carrie Lynn

    I’m so happy this is finally coming to fruition! I have had Crohns Disease for 13 years,and it’s getting harder and harder for new medications to work. I have faith in herbs!🙂

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