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OH Marijuana Qualification

Updated on April 26, 2020.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

What Ailments Qualify For Medical Cannabis in Ohio

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”:

Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program: Information

  1. Patients must be at least eighteen (18) years of age or older.
  2. Patient must have a valid Ohio Identification Card or a valid United States Passport.
  3. Patients must be evaluated, in-person, by a certified physician.
  4. Patient must be diagnosed with a Qualifying Medical Condition.
  5. If the patient is diagnosed with a qualifying condition, the physician will enter the patient into registry.
  6. Patients must then submit an Application for the Patient & Caregiver Registry Card (Medical Marijuana Card).
    • Application Fees are $50.00 for Patients $25.00 For Caregivers.
    • Patients who qualify for indigent or veteran status may be eligible for fee reductions.
  7. If the patient is approved, they will be emailed their Registry Card (Medical Marijuana Card) and will have to activate it.

Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in Ohio

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

Effective three months from passage, HB 523 commissions the state board of pharmacy with the task of adopting rules to establish standards and procedures for the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program. The state legislature further requires that all patients register with the Ohio Medical Marijuana Patient Registry, upon receiving a medical marijuana recommendation — or cannabis certification, as it is also known.

Patient registration is mandatory. Additionally, the state does not accepts out-of-state registry I.D. cards. If, in the future, the OMMCP decides to enter into a reciprocity agreement with any other state(s), patients will be notified.

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How to Become A Medical Marijuana Patient in Ohio

  1. Patients must be at least 18 years of age
  2. Patients must be a resident of the state of Ohio with proof of residency. If you do not have an Ohio I.D., an out of state I.D., passport, or other photo I.D., along with proof of residency in the form of s bank statement, utility bill, etc, is acceptable
    1. The qualifying patient must have been diagnosed by a physician as having a debilitating medical condition  – *Find a certified medical marijuana physician in Ohio
    2. Patients must obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from your primary care physician describing the diagnosis of the patient’s qualifying condition. Ensure to bring the records to the marijuana evaluation appointment – *Learn how to request your medical records
    3. Upon receiving a physicians recommendation, patients are required to register with the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program, as a qualifying patient

Medical Marijuana Access in Ohio

Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor’s prescription for medical marijuana, but marijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana physicians will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law.

At this time, HB 523, legally allows qualified and certified patients, to access no more than a 90-day supply of cannabis, for medical use only. In addition to specifically defining the terms of a “90-day supply”, the state board of pharmacy has no more than one year, from the effective date of it’s passage, to adopt rules that will determine procedures and standards, for the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program, including the establishment of procedure and fees, retail dispensary licensing, and patient registration. In November 2017, the state issues 11 licenses for dispensaries to start cultivating medical marijuana.

Additionally, as per HB 523, smoking is not an approved method of delivery for patients, in Ohio. As per Ohio’s medical marijuana law, only the following forms of medical marijuana may be dispensed: plant material; oils; tinctures; and patches.

Even though Ohio has medical marijuana qualifications set up, there are still plenty of skeptics across the state who have their doubts regarding the plant’s medicinal qualities. For example, in April 2017, Governor John Kasich said during a news conference that he didn’t believe the state’s program would have any effect on the opioid epidemic plaguing Ohio. He flatly stated his opposition to a medical cannabis program in general.

What the governor fails to realize is solid research shows marijuana can, in fact, play a critical role in helping people get off of opioids and stay off of them.

The medical journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence published a study that showed hospitalizations for illnesses related to opioid addiction were reduced by 23 percent in states that have medical cannabis programs. In addition, the study showed that states with medical cannabis programs have 13 percent fewer occurrences of opioid overdoses than states that do not have such programs.

As long as state leaders such as Kasich continue to refuse to see just how beneficial medicinal marijuana will be, patients who meet medical marijuana qualifications in Ohio will suffer.

2017 proved to be a successful year for the medical marijuana program in Ohio. In November, 11 companies were issued licenses to grow medical marijuana. The state then issued 12 licenses for cultivation in December. More growers and cultivators are expected to be licensed, increasing the access medical marijuana patients have in Ohio.

At, we’ll continue to keep you updated on cannabis-related developments. We’ll also continue to provide vital information such as how to obtain an Ohio medical marijuana card and much more.

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