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Back To The Basics: How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card In Ohio

There has been a lot of news lately going on with the medical marijuana program in Ohio such as the approval of 73 more dispensaries coming this summer. But let's get back to the basics today! How can you get your medical marijuana card in Ohio?

Getting your medical marijuana card with us is easier than it has ever been! In 2016, HB523 was passed making medical marijuana legal in Ohio. So today all you need is a medical marijuana card in order to access dispensaries.

Who Can Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Ohio?

Below are the three qualifications you must have in order to get your medical marijuana card in Ohio:

  • Must be 18 years old or older

    • If you’re under 18, you must have an assigned caregiver who is at least 21 years old

  • Have a qualifying condition diagnosis

  • Must be a resident of Ohio with proof such as a license or I.D. card

  • Must meet with a certified marijuana doctor

Don’t worry, we can help you with all of this!

What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Treatment in Ohio?

Currently there are 22 conditions that the Ohio Medical Board has approved the use of medical marijuana as a treatment. There is the possibility for this list to grow over time! Every year the board take applications to add new conditions to the list but for now here are the 22 conditions that will qualify you for medical marijuana:

If you have been diagnosed with one of the medical conditions above, you are eligible for medical marijuana treatment in Ohio!

There are two ways for you to get approved through medical marijuana treatment. You can schedule an evaluation with us at any of our Ohio Marijuana Card clinic locations or you can use telehealth which will allow you to attend your appointment via your phone or computer. With us, this process is quick and easy!

What Are The Steps To Getting Your Card?

You can get your medical marijuana with us in three easy steps:

  1. Start by scheduling an appointment with one of our certified marijuana doctors at any of our locations or via telehealth!

  2. Meet our doctors at your appointment and discuss your medical condition and if medical marijuana could be right for you.

  3. Once the doctor approves, you will receive your medical marijuana card via email from the Ohio Board of Pharmacy!

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers:

We know there are still a lot of questions that you may have about getting your medical marijuana card with us so here is a list of frequently asked questions and their answers. If your specific question is not answered here, feel free to give our patient support staff a call at (866) 457-5559.

Am I guaranteed to get approved when I make an appointment?

No one is guaranteed approval for medical marijuana treatment. A certified doctor must make the call if medical marijuana could be right for you and your treatment needs.

We do everything in our power to advocate for you! We can even send requests on your behalf to obtain your medical records.

To increase your chance of getting a medical marijuana card, we suggest sending us your medical records as soon as you can so that we can review them prior to your appointment and determine if we need additional records or not.

Can I grow my own marijuana if I have a marijuana card?

Right now in Ohio it is illegal to grow your own medical marijuana even with a card. All medical marijuana must be purchased at a state-licensed dispensary!

Where can I buy medical marijuana products?

Once you have your medical marijuana card you can access any dispensary within the state of Ohio. Right now there are 57 licensed dispensaries in the state that are operational. Ohio just passed legislation that will allow 73 more dispensaries so one may be coming to your neighborhood soon!

What is a caregiver?

A caregiver is a person that is registered with the Ohio Board of Pharmacy that has permission to purchase, possess and administer medical marijuana to another person with a medical marijuana card. This is because not everyone who qualifies for medical marijuana has the capability to go to dispensaries physically, especially now during COVID-19.

Typically, each patient can have up to two caregivers and a person can be a caregiver for up to two patients. But because of COVID-19 the state has passed a temporary guideline allowing patients to have up to three caregivers and also allows a person to be the caregiver for up to three patients. If you are under 18 years old, you must always have a caregiver.

Can I still be drug tested at work if I have a medical marijuana card?

Unfortunately, in Ohio, there are no protections for medical marijuana patients' jobs. Medical marijuana does not protect you from termination by your employer if they choose to drug test you.

How much marijuana can I purchase at a time?

There are caps on the amount of marijuana that can be purchased within a 90-day period set by the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program. The amount that you can buy varies on the form of medical marijuana that you are purchasing.

To be sure check out our dedicated page to limits on buying marijuana in Ohio!

Can I smoke marijuana in Ohio?

While dispensaries sell marijuana flower and plant material, is it illegal to smoke marijuana. These products are expected to be used for vaporizing.

What kind of products can I get?

Even though you can’t smoke marijuana in Ohio, you can purchase concentrated oil, edibles, tinctures, topicals and lotions. Click here for more information on the forms of medical marijuana in Ohio!


Doctors Who Care. Relief You Can Trust.

Here at Ohio Marijuana Card, our goal is to help everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.

If you have any questions, call us at (866) 457-5559, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!

Check out Ohio Marijuana Card’s Blog to keep up to date on the latest medical marijuana news, tips, and information. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to join the medical marijuana conversation in Ohio.


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