How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card In Ohio

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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card In Ohio

A fair word of warning: If you’re wondering how to get a medical marijuana card in Ohio, don’t get your hopes up too “high” (pun intended) just yet – it does not seem like it is going to be a super-duper easy process. While there has been a ton of legal information released by the state, there are still A LOT of kinks that need to be worked out, and a lot of questions that need to be answered.

Also, be aware that Ohio has not yet started issuing official MMJ ID cards yet. This is expected to start taking place in September 2018, and all cards will be issued through the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy.

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That being said, in this quick guide we aim to tell you everything you need to know about how to get a medical marijuana card in Ohio, once everything is up to pace. As is the case with every fledgling medical marijuana program, it can certainly seem a confusing process (for everyone) at first, but we’re here to help.

Here’s All You Need to Know:

As a Resident of Ohio, What is the process to Get a Medical Marijuana Card?

The Steps are as follows:

1. The first step in getting a medical marijuana card in Ohio is to locate and contact a physician that will be willing to speak with you in regard to recommending medical marijuana. This is a big process in itself, as all doctors who will be recommending MMJ in Ohio need to have what’s called a “Certificate to Recommend” from the State Medical Board. You will be on your own when it comes to finding a qualified physician, as the state currently does not provide a list (though you can access our easy online process and connect to local doctors here).

Moreover, all recommendations must come from (and be submitted by) an Ohio state-licensed and currently practicing physician (you cannot, for example, get a recommendation from a physician in California and submit it to the state of Ohio as registration).

Additionally, you must have a “bona fide physician-patient relationship” with the recommending physician, though the term “bona fide” is not exactly defined, and is apparently up to the discretion of the state of Ohio.

Once you do locate and contact a physician who is willing to diagnose you with a qualifying condition for marijuana (see below for the list of qualifying conditions), he or she will need to submit the complete patient registration submission on your behalf – you cannot receive a signed recommendation and submit it on your own. Also, submission to the Board of Pharmacy will need to be made within 90 days of the recommending physician’s diagnosis that states you have a qualifying condition.

The complete physician recommendation for medical marijuana includes a BUNCH of different information (you can find it all listed on the state’s compliant form), but your physician’s office will be responsible for filling it all out. Once the complete registration form is finished in its entirety, the physician’s office will submit it to the state of Ohio Board of Pharmacy for review.

2. In addition to the physician’s official recommendation form that diagnoses you with a qualifying condition, you will need to pay the application fee to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy. The recommending physician’s office will notify you the cost of the fee, as it is currently not disclosed through the the state’s MMCP. *Also, be aware that in addition to the application fee you will likely have separate consultation fees with the recommending physician’s office.

3. In addition to the fee, you will also need to submit Ohio proof of residency to the Board of Pharmacy. This can be done with:

  • A valid Ohio driver’s license
  • A valid Ohio identification card (issued through the state’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), or
  • A valid U.S. passport or passport card.

*Both the application fee and the proof of residency will be submitted at the same time as the physician’s recommendation form.

Once the physician recommendation form, the application fee(s), and the proof of residency have been submitted to the Board of Pharmacy, the application will be reviewed. If approved, you will be added to the Ohio MMCP Registry, and should receive your MMJ card no later than September 2018.

If you have any further questions, you can contact the MMCP program directly at:

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

What are the Costs Involved for a MMJ Card in Ohio?

To be determined. Your recommedning physician’s office will notify you of any application costs/fees (in addition to their separate consultation fees). Currently, Ohio does not offer any fee waivers or reductions in cost based on income.

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Can You Pay Using a Credit Card?

To be determined.

What are the Conditions Required to receive a Medical Marijuana Card?

Patients in Ohio diagnosed with one of the following severe, debilitating, or life-threatening medical conditions, are afforded legal protection under the Ohio medical marijuana law, as per House Bill 523 — “The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program”:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also know as Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Cancer
  • chronic traumatic encephalopathy
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • hepatitis C
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Chronic pain, severe, or intractable pain
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Spinal cord disease, or injury
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Ulcerative colitis

Can New Qualifying Medical Conditions be Added?

Petitions to add new qualifying medical conditions will be available through the state between November 1 2018 – December 31 2018. *No petitions will be accepted or reviewed prior to Nov. 1.

Also, all petitions will need to be filed electronically through the State’s website ( and will need to include all of the following information listed here.

My Card Expired. How Do I Get a Renewal?

When medical marijuana cards in Ohio start to be issued in September 2018, they will be valid from the date of issuance and expire one year later, 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 ID card.

In order to maintain a valid registration, a patient 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 a patient registration will result in an automatic suspension.

I’m From Out of State, How do I Buy Medical Marijuana?

Currently, Ohio will not accept MMJ cards that are issued from other states. However, the law requires 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, more information will be posted to the OMMCP website.”

Basically what this means is that no Ohio is not planning on accepting out of state MMJ cards, but keep an eye out on the website if anything changes in the future.

How much Medical Marijuana Can I purchase?

According to the Ohio Administrative Code, it appears that a patient (or their caregiver) will only be able to purchase one “whole day unit” of marijuana per day. A whole day unit is defined 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

In terms of possession, a qualified patient or their caregiver will be able to possess a 90-day supply of cannabis. (A full 90-day supply would be equivalent to 90 “whole day units”).

For more information check the state’s official MMJ quantity/possession limits here.

Can I Take My Meds to a Different State?

No. 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. Should you need to travel with your 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.

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Who Can Use Medical Marijuana?

Patients must be at least 18 years of age.

*If a prospective patient is younger than 18, a patient registration submission must be accompanied by a caregiver registration submission in accordance with rule 3796:7-2-03 before it will be considered complete. Patients who become eighteen years of age during the time period in which their registration is valid may apply for a new registration immediately.

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Can I use Medical Marijuana Anywhere?

It is important to remember that marijuana consumption is illegal on a Federal Level. It is advised to consume your medicine responsibly according to the laws of the state.

How Much Should I consume?

We are not doctors or physicians, and therefore you should always consult with a professional before using.

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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card In Ohio
March 7, 2017
  1. James Mcghee

    Double amputee phantom pain and back , doctor does not hive pain meds

  2. Ernestine Arnold

    I was in sudden need of a medical card. As a citizen of Ohio, this post provided me the right way to get one. Enjoying the medical benefits of marijuana.

    1. Marsha

      What was your sudden need and how did you get a card and where do you purchase ? These morphine, Lyrica, and tizanidine aren’t helping with my chronic back pain.

  3. Shaniece randle

    Ancient societies can’t stay still when I do smoke I can stay still focus on everything I could and things I need to focus on that and get my tonsils and having it done

  4. Athena Marshall

    Am I the only one here that can’t help but chuckle when we have to jumb thru hupes for a plant… AND still the government keeps giving away more and pills!! YEA!! Us… Potheads are the problems, just STOP and look around!! Cops don’t have too carry medicine to save our lives, just saying!!

    1. Jeremy

      That’s cause these stupid ass pigs are lucky to even do there job now a days , they arrest ppl for a medicine as apposed to a drug , and don’t crack down on the hard drug users and burglaries , idk any kinda drug out there that can be used as a medicine

  5. Nick Tander

    Great post and extremely informative

  6. Silly Goose

    What about VA taking care of its veterans?

  7. Rissa

    I have fibromyalgia, ptsd, as well as chronic pain from spinal cord injuries but I think Bipolar disorder and depression and or severe anxiety should also be a valid reason for this as I suffer from those as well. No mental disorders listed, but I am not sure my doctor will be on board with this. They have no information pertaining on where to go once your doctor does give you the the green light and medical records needed.

    1. Jennifer

      I Think it should be prescribed for anxiety patients and Depression!

      1. Adam

        Yes it should

  8. Carole Baumgartner

    What about pseudo tumor cerebri if the spine and migraines. My daughter has had 7 brain surgeries since 2006. Still suffering from migraines all day, every day. Doctors at University Hospital in Cleveland will do nothing for the pain. She’s had 3 brain shunts put in so far.

  9. Amy

    I have at least 6 things on that this n pain medication doesn’t help me and I don’t like taking pills,today makes 3wks since I had surgery on my head bc of a tumor and Ik this stuff could help me..I’m tired of bein in pain day in and day out…I have no life.

    1. Williebuds

      Buy some weed on the street

  10. Ashley

    I think Ohio needs to have it for a.d.d.,a.d.h.d. fibermyalgia, scoliosis,ptsd, bipolar,depression, chronic pain, shingles, arthritis, sarcoidosis, glaucoma,cancer, morning sickness.ive self medicated for a while.

    1. Michele c

      Yes i have diabetes an both types of arithritis i buy mine illegally because it helps and i cannot get anything for pain stronger than tramadol i also have a bad sciatic nerve and my lower back is full of ruptured discs

  11. Robert Dugan

    I’ve had back surgery 18 yrs ago, get chronic back pain all the time. My surgeon would not consider me, disabled, would i be eligible for medical Marijuana?

  12. Christopher King

    If i have a bad back can i get medical marijuana. My back injury from 2008

  13. Amanda Kennedy

    I have herniated discs on both sides my neck as well as nerve damage, I also have really bad depression with some signs of ptsd. I been through trigger point, epidural, physical therapy, adjustments, muscle relaxers, as well as numerous pain medication, depression medication and counseling nothing helps my pain or depression and I’m not one for any kind of drug but if it will help I’m willing to try it my pain is unbearable most days and tolerable other days please send me information about this. Thank you

  14. greg

    i live in ohio but my dr. is in wv ….can the dr. statement be from wv?

  15. Tony

    So I live n ohio n have a California/Navada medical marijuana license. Can I order the oils n have them sent ta me ? I’ve had to lower back surgeries still in pain I’ve been diagnosed with PTSD and Crohn’s disease. and it also helps with my anxiety depression and anger.

  16. Sharon Straley

    I have fibromyalgia, diabetic neuropathy spinal cord injury and live in constant pain. I don’t have a quality life. I have tried Indica and sativa and they do work for my nerve pain somewhat. They at least make it tolerable.

  17. Melissa Pisciotta

    I see you got crohns disease what about celiac disease?

  18. Darla York

    I have a rare disease called Ankylosing Spondilitis. My spine is fusing together which is very painful and I am allergic to narcotics. I would like another option for pain relief.

  19. Almeta Jones

    I need a list of qualifying physicians. I attend pain management clinic so of course my physician is against it….taking money from his pocket. Treatments, injections, nerve blocks , ablasions are not effective for any length of time. Opioids are ravaging my body, my emotional well being and my independence…..I don’t want to get high, furthest thing in my mind. I hope for effective pain relief..Don’t want to smoke but the oils, edibles would be my choice with micro dosing . Smallest amount to relieve the pain.Need to get the lists published soon.I have stacks upon stacks of supporting documentation…

    1. Alan locker

      Have had disk removed in back. All disk in neck replaced with cadiva bones screws and rods. The list goes on and on.

  20. Steve Derosett

    A.D.D / A.D.H.D. and cavear mood disorders should be on the Ohio list. I have been self medicating for over a decade and it has worked for me better then any pharmaceutical that has been prescribed ever… not to menchen it helps control my anger problem……

  21. Ken Kotula

    As a Marine veteran, now 90% disabled, due to a c1-c2 fusion, and a torn L4-L5 disc, I will never get authority for pain meds or cannabis!

    1. Jeff

      Good luck brother the army messed me up too

  22. William

    Happy Saint Patrick’s Day Everyone

  23. Herb Baker Jr

    I would love to be able to get the oil or patches for my chronic neck /shoulder pain & fiber. It would have to be better than the Fentynol & pain pills that don’t relieve the pain ( just enough to get out of bed i have no quality of life) I’m over the DEA legal limit of narcotics. So any help on what & when to do anything would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Tonie Harris

      Me too!!!! Wish you luck.

  24. Mary Brown

    I have fibor,PTSD, nerve damage

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