How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card In Ohio

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Medical Marijuana Card Ohio

In this quick guide, we are going to tell you all you need to know about getting a medical marijuana card in the state of Ohio.

Here’s All You Need to Know:

As a Resident of Ohio, What is the process?

On May 10, 2016, House Bill 523, was approved, effectively permitting the use of marijuana for medical purposes, under the Medical Marijuana Control Program.

With that being said, note that no patient identification cards are being issued by the state of Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program (MMCP) at this time. The only valid state ID cards will be issued by the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy once the state’s patient registry becomes available no later than September 2018.

In the meantime, here at marijuanabreak, we believe that it is important that you understand all the process.

Also note that as a relatively new medical marijuana state, the state legislature further requires all patients to register with the Ohio Medical Marijuana Patient Registry. This should be done after you’ve received an MMJ recommendation or certification, from a licensed physician.

The Steps are as follows:

  1. The first step is to be diagnosed by a doctor as having a condition that requires medical cannabis. You will be required to show the state your doctor’s recommendation.
  2. It is also best if you can obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from your physician describing the diagnosis of your condition. Along with your recommendation, you will need to prove that you are a resident of Ohio. For this you can provide a copy of your state I.D., passport, or any other photo I.D. Furthermore you will be required to provide, some utility bill or bank statement.
  3. Upon receiving a signed physician’s statement, all patients are required to register with the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program — registration is mandatory.

Remember that even though medical cards aren’t yet being issued, but it is best to get in line.

If you have any further questions, you can also contact them at:

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

What are the Costs Involved?

To be determined.

Related Article: 3 Ways to Get a Medical Marijuana Card Online (in Minutes)

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

My Card Expired. How Do I Get a Renewal?

The exact process of renewals will be determined by the state.

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

It is important to understand that not all dispensaries will honor your out-of-state card and you do have to have a valid Medical Marijuana Card.

Should you wish to apply for a medical marijuana card in Ohio but live out of state, the state will accept out-of-state registry I.D. cards, entering into a reciprocity agreement with any other state that has a medical marijuana patient registry identification card, or equivalent state-issued authorization.

If you already have a card from a different state, it is always best to contact your preferred dispensary to understand their exact requirements before heading over.

How much Medical Marijuana Can I purchase?

In the state of Ohio, current laws are as follows:

HB 523, will allow the legal possession of a maximum of a 90-day supply of cannabis, by a qualified patient. This is yet to be finalized.

As of now, Ohio is classed as a medical marijuana pending state. The only methods approved for delivery in Ohio are oils, tinctures, plant material, edibles, and patches.

Can I Take My Meds to a Different State?


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.

Related Article: How to Get Your Medical Marijuana Card By State

Who Can Use Medical Marijuana?

Patients must be at least 18 years of age.

Can I use Medical Marijuana Anywhere?

It is important to remember 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. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Nick Tander

    Great post and extremely informative

  5. Silly Goose

    What about VA taking care of its veterans?

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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?

  11. Christopher King

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

  12. 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

  13. greg

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Melissa Pisciotta

    I see you got crohns disease what about celiac disease?

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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……

  20. 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

  21. William

    Happy Saint Patrick’s Day Everyone

  22. 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.

  23. Mary Brown

    I have fibor,PTSD, nerve damage

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