How Do I Get Medical Marijuana In Ohio?

Getting your medical marijuana card in Ohio can be a confusing process thanks to the state's tightly-regulated medical marijuana laws. In this resource, we'll take a look at how patients can obtain their medical marijuana card after they've received their recommendation from a certified Ohio medical marijuana doctor.

What Conditions Qualify For A Medical Marijuana Card In Ohio?

The Ohio Medical Board has approved the use of medical marijuana to help treat and alleviate the symptoms associated with a variety of medical conditions and ailments. In total, there are currently 21 conditions eligible for treatment with medical marijuana, and the State Medical Board is currently accepting petitions to add new conditions.


Here is the current list of the qualifying conditions: 

How to register for an Ohio medical marijuana card

How To Get A Medical Marijuana Recommendation in Ohio

After determining if you have one of the qualifying medical conditions listed above, you will need to visit a doctor certified to recommend medical marijuana. Patients are required to establish a​ bona fide physician-patient relationship with this doctor, which includes:

  1. An examination by the doctor

  2. A review of the patient's medical history

  3. Follow up calls from the doctor regarding your diagnosis

The doctor is also required to view your medical records documenting your condition, and review a drug database a report of information related to the patient. After the doctor has determined that you qualify for medical marijuana, they will write a recommendation and send this letter to the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy. Here is look at that process:

How Do I Receive My Medical Marijuana Card in Ohio?

Once you have received your recommendation from your physician, your physician’s office will enter you into the patient registry.

  • You will receive an email to complete your registration. Click on the link in the email to access the registry to confirm your information and pay for your card. Patients will pay an annual $50 registration fee and caregivers will pay $25.

  • Download your card. You can print a copy or show an electronic version on your cell phone when at a dispensary.

  • Discounts are available for patients and caregivers who are veterans or low-income individuals. Additional documentation must be submitted to receive a discount.

The video above walks patients through the entire process, from obtaining your medical marijuana recommendation from a certified doctor to registering as an Ohio MMJ patient. After this process, you will receive your official medical marijuana card and you can enter and exit dispensaries. Your Ohio Medical Marijuana Card will be good for one year from the date you receive the official card.


Below is a look at the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program's Patient Responsibilities card:

Ohio medical marijuana patient rules and regulations

*NOTE: The Ohio Medical Marijuana Patient Registry was activated December 3, 2018. 


We take pride in our same-day registration processing, meaning that you should have your official Ohio medical marijuana card the same day that you are evaluated. Once your recommendation letter has been sent in by our physicians, you should receive an email from the Ohio Board of Pharmacy at the email address you provided. This process may take some time, but it is our intention to have every patient recommendation letter submitted at the end of each day so that you can make your first legal trip to an Ohio dispensary.