How To Buy Medical Marijuana at Ohio Dispensaries 

Medical marijuana is officially available for purchase in Ohio, and that means active medical marijuana patients are able to walk into any of Ohio's medical marijuana dispensary locations and buy cannabis products, legally!  However, prior to being allowed entry to any of these dispensaries, you'll need to see a state-certified marijuana doctor and register with Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program to obtain your marijuana card. Once you have your card in hand, then you’ll be good to go! 

You can find marijuana products in all types forms - including flower, tinctures, edibles, and concentrated oils - on dispensary shelves, and this article will provide you with helpful information for your trip to an Ohio dispensary.

What Forms of Medical Marijuana Are For Sale at Ohio Dispensaries?

Although Ohio has opened its doors to medical marijuana, the rules and regulations are a bit more strict than what you might find in other states, such as California. For starters, Ohio law states that medical marijuana patients cannot smoke their medical marijuana, however flower will be sold in dispensary for use in a vaporizer. Patients will be allowed to medicate with oils or plant material for vaping, patches and creams for transdermal application, as well as with tinctures, extracts, and edibles for consumption.

What Is Marijuana Flower or Plant Material?

The term “plant material” refers to unprocessed, you guessed it, marijuana plant material. Marijuana flower, or "bud", is currently available in Ohio dispensaries in the amount of 2.83 grams or the Ohio-tenth as it's called. Flower in Ohio's medical marijuana program is intended to be used for vaping only.  We also know that there are two designations for plant material.  "Tier 1 plant material" refers to less potent medical marijuana that contains up to a maximum 23% concentration of THC.  "Tier 2 plant material" has a higher potency and refers to anything with a THC concentration greater than 23% but with a maximum 35% concentration. 

Tier 1 Plant Material

Tier 2 Plant Material

How Much Does Medical Marijuana Cost at Ohio Dispensaries?

Ohio's medical marijuana program is just getting started and there have been reports of high prices at the launch of the program, but we're already starting to see prices fall.  The initial high prices were due to only a few cultivators and dispensaries being open at the time the program launched. However, as more cultivators, processors, and dispensaries open their doors, prices will continue to drop further. In the 

It is helpful to understand the regulations that guide Ohio's medical marijuana program, so let’s walk through the structure of the medical marijuana industry in Ohio. The production of medical marijuana begins with the cultivators, who are tasked with growing the cannabis plants that produce marijuana. Next comes the processors, who take the raw material and prepare it into different forms for retail sale. The medical marijuana processors then sell their products to licensed dispensaries that sell directly to patients. 

The dispensaries have the freedom to price their products however they see fit, so some might offer better pricing than others. With this in mind, we've done the legwork to find all of the best prices at Ohio dispensaries throughout the state!

How Much Medical Marijuana Can Be Purchased In Ohio?

One of the most common questions people ask about buying medical marijuana is, “How much can I purchase at the dispensary?” Like many things in this industry, it’s complicated. The short answer is, you can purchase up to a “90-day supply.”  We’ll get into more detail on what that means in a minute, but first, let’s start with the minimum amount that you can buy.

According to the Ohio administrative code, “a patient may purchase no less than a whole day unit at a single time.” The definition of “a whole day unit” varies by form of marijuana.

  1. One-tenth of an ounce (two and eighty-three hundredths grams) of plant material;

  2. Two-hundred ninety-five milligrams of THC contained in a patch, lotion, cream, or ointment;

  3. One hundred ten milligrams of THC contained in an oil, tincture, capsule, or edible for oral administration;

  4. Five hundred ninety milligrams of THC contained in oil for vaporization.

Ultimately, each patient can purchase up to a 90-day supply for each 90-day period. With the different forms of medical marijuana being more potent, the 90-day supply for each has been defined as the following:

Tier 1 Plant Material

8 Ounces

Tier 2 Plant Material

5.3 Ounces

Oil For Vaping

53.1 Grams of THC

Edibles & Tinctures

9.9 Grams of THC

Ointments & Creams

26.55 Grams of THC

How Does Ohio Track Medical Marijuana Purchases?

The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy has created a chart that patients can use to understand their purchase tracking. Based on the graph, it is most beneficial to buy multiple products at one time, rather than going to a dispensary each day to purchase. Furthermore, Tier-1 and Tier-2 flower will count differently towards your limit - Tier-2 flower will take more of the "Days Dispensed" compared to Tier-1 flower.

Ohio Medical Marijuana Purchase Tracking

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy has created a chart that can help patients track their purchases. Note that as more product is bought in a single purchase, the "days dispensed" decreases to allow you to purchase your full 90-day supply.

Patients may purchase no less than ___ per day: 

  • 2.83 grams (1/10 of oz)

  • 295 milligrams of THC in patch, lotion, cream, or ointment

  • 110 mg of THC in oil, tincture, capsule, or edible (50 mg. per edible)

  • 590 mg of THC in oil for vaporization - 70% THC limit

90-Day Maximum Limits:

  • Tier 1: no more than 8 ozs

  • Tier 2: no more than 5 and 3/10 ozs

  • No more than 26.55 grams of THC content in patches, lotions, creams, or ointments

  • No more than 9 and 9/10 grams of THC content in oil, tincture, capsule, or edible form

  • No more than 53 and 1/10 grams of THC content in oil for vaporization

90-Day Maximum Limits for Terminal Patients:

  • No more than 10 ozs of tier 1

  • No more than 6 and 6/10 of tier 2

  • No more than 33 3/10 of THC in patches, lotions, creams, or ointments

  • No more than 11 and 7/10 of THC in oil, tincture, capsule, or edible

  • No more than 65 and 7/10 grams of THC in concentrated oils

Where Can I Buy Medical Marijuana in Ohio?

If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to the OMMCP or the dispensary you have purchased product from. You can call the OMMCP toll-free helpline (833-464-6627), and use our Dispensary Locations page to find the dispensary information for your local (or frequent) dispensary choice.


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