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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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
- chronic traumatic encephalopathy
- Crohn’s disease
- 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.
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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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