Ohio's medical marijuana program was passed by lawmakers in 2016, becoming officially operational in January of 2019 with the first dispensary opening.
Learn more about Ohio's medical marijuana program, including how to access Ohio dispensaries!
Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program Questions
What conditions make a patient eligible for medical marijuana in the State of Ohio?
The Ohio Medical Board has approved 21 medical conditions for treatment with medical marijuana. To figure out whether or not you are eligible, review the list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana.
How do I get an Ohio Marijuana Card?
Our team of medical marijuana doctors helps patients across the state of Ohio obtain their medical marijuana cards. With locations in all major Ohio cities, our doctors are here to help you through the process. Give us a call, or send us a message, if you’d like to find out more information about how you can get your medical marijuana card in Ohio.
If I make an appointment, am I guaranteed to get approved?
Ohio Marijuana Card cannot guarantee approval of your medical marijuana card. A certified medical marijuana doctor must make a determination whether or not an individual patient will receive a recommendation for medical marijuana following an examination. However, you do not have to worry as you will receive all but $100 if you are not approved by the doctor. It is very rare that the doctor would outright deny a patient rather than attempting to retrieve further medical records.
To increase the likelihood of a doctor recommendation we recommend that you bring to your appointment all relevant medical records documenting your qualifying condition. Obtaining your medical records is easy, but if you are having trouble, we can help you obtain these records from other doctors that you have visited in the past.
What If I Do Not Have My Records?
Many patients find that attempting to access and retrieve their medical records can be a stressful and frustrating process, with clinics often taking up to 30 days to fulfill the request and, in some cases, charging patients money per page to print. It shouldn't be such a hassle to retrieve your medical records, so let us take care of it! We have a dedicated Medical Records Retrieval Team dedicated to obtaining your medical records on your behalf, avoiding those unnecessary print fees and often expediting the process. We can send a medical records request digitally to your email for signature, so you can complete this whole process from the comfort of your own home!
What is the cost for a medical marijuana card in Ohio?
Some doctors charge far too much just for an initial examination. We feel strongly that if you qualify for medical marijuana, you shouldn't have trouble accessing it due to cost. We offer discounts for veterans, as well as referral discounts to those who spread the word about our services. After the first appointment, all required follow-ups are free for 12 months.
Are patients allowed to grow their own medical marijuana?
No, growing your own medical marijuana is prohibited under Ohio law. Medical marijuana must be purchased at a state-licensed dispensary.
Where can patients purchase medical marijuana?
Once you have obtained a recommendation from a certified doctor and received your Ohio medical marijuana card, you'll be able to purchase medical marijuana at any of the 57 licensed dispensaries located throughout the state of Ohio. Though there have been many unforeseen delays in getting dispensaries up and running, we saw the first dispensaries become available to patients in late 2018, and the rest of the dispensaries are expected to be operational by the end of 2019.
What is a caregiver, and how many can I have?
A caregiver is an individual that has registered with the Ohio Board of Pharmacy to purchase, possess, and administer medical marijuana to a patient with an active medical marijuana card. Each patient can designate up to two caregivers, and an individual can serve as a caregiver for up to two patients. Patients under the age of 18 are required by the State to have an active caregiver serving.
If you are interested in becoming a caregiver or registering a caregiver, give us a call and we'll be sure to help! The process is simple, and in minutes you can be registered as a patient caregiver. There is a $25 fee associated with registering for your caregiver card that will be elecotronically paid to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy.
Can my employer still drug test me for marijuana if I am a registered patient?
Unfortunately, the answer is yes, they can. Ohio does not provide protection to medical marijuana patients from employee drug testing. It will be left to the discretion of each employer whether they wish to recognize an employee's medical marijuana approval as an exemption to company drug testing policies. It is advised to be forthright with your intentions to medicate with medical cannabis, providing assurance that during work hours CBD can be utilized that does not have the psychoactive effects associated with THC while providing the relief needed.
Can I obtain a medical marijuana card if I have a concealed carry permit?
Due to federal restrictions, it is still illegal for an individual to hold both a CCW and a medical marijuana card in the state of Ohio. While the database for CCW's and the medical marijuana program's Patient Registry system are not cross-referenceable, when purchasing a firearm an ATF form must be filled out which includes Question 11-E: "Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance? Warning: The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal Law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside." It is always best to consult with a lawyer regarding the technicalities surrounding cannabis and a CCW.
Is my personal information kept private?
The privacy of our patients is a top priority of ours, so we make sure all patient information is kept confidential in our HIPAA compliant file storage system.
With regards to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy's Patient Registry system, only your recommending physician, dispensaries, and Ohio Board of Pharmacy will have access to this system - no information is allowed to be shared. This means that police will not be able to verify an active medical marijuana card unless the patient discloses that information. It is important to note that all of a patient's prescribing physicians outside of the OMMCP will have access to OARRS, the system responsible for tracking all medical marijuana purchases from dispensaries in addition to prescription drugs.
Ohio Product & Dispensary Questions
Where will the dispensaries be located in Ohio?
How much medical marijuana can be purchased from the dispensary?
The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program has set caps on the amount of marijuana that can be purchased by a patient within a 90-day period. The amounts vary by the form of medical marijuana being purchased. Be sure to take a look at our page dedicated to purchasing limits in Ohio.
Are patients allowed to smoke medical marijuana?
Dispensaries will likely be selling marijuana flowers and plant material, but you are expected to only use these products for vaporizing. The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program has strictly banned the smoking of medical marijuana. That said, many patients quickly discover the many benefits of vaporizing medical marijuana and put aside their unhealthy smoking habit.
Will patients have access to other marijuana products?
In addition to vaporizing, Ohio medical marijuana dispensaries will also have a variety of other cannabis products, from tinctures to edibles, creams and oils.
How much will medical marijuana cost?
The cost of medical marijuana will be set by each dispensary. At this point, it isn’t clear what those prices will be exactly. With 56 dispensaries located throughout the state of Ohio, we hope that the competition will keep prices low and affordable.
We regularly update a dedicated page that houses the best dispensary prices in Ohio, product-by-product, so be sure to check that out!
Is there going to be home delivery for medical marijuana?
Delivery of medical marijuana will not be available in Ohio. However, a patient's registered caregiver can buy medical marijuana from a dispensary on behalf of a patient and deliver the medication to the patient's home.