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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Ohio Step By Step

Qualified patients may buy and possess top-quality medical cannabis under Ohio’s medical marijuana program. Through the Medical Marijuana Control Program, the state issues cards for the use of medical marijuana. Enrollment in a registry and consultation with a licensed physician are requirements for the procedure.

With a current medical marijuana card, cannabis can only be legally possessed and consumed. As long as medical marijuana users abide by the program’s regulations set forth by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, the state affords them a wide range of privileges.

Medical marijuana might be able to help you regain lost functioning if the symptoms of a qualifying medical condition are reducing your quality of life or making it difficult for you to engage in daily activities.

Continue reading to find out more about how to apply to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program. Understanding the process for getting a card will enable you to submit the strongest application and make the best decision for your health.

Step 1: Identify Your Qualifying Condition

To qualify for a medical marijuana card under Ohio law, a patient must have one of the following qualifying medical conditions:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Arthritis
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
  • Chronic migraines
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Epilepsy or another seizure disorder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Spinal cord disease or injury
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV and AIDS

Every year, usually in December, the state medical board reviews petitions to add new conditions.

Step 2: Meet with a Licensed Physician

Meeting with a licensed physician who is authorized to make medical marijuana recommendations is the next step. In Ohio, there are just 236 medical marijuana doctors. Your doctor will confirm your identity and affirm that you meet the requirements during your consultation.

Tell them about any prescription medications you take and be honest about your medical history to make sure cannabis is safe for you.

Provide the doctor with as much information as possible so they can rule out any potential complications or contraindications. In order for you to set reasonable expectations for medical marijuana use in your particular situation, the doctor will explain what cannabis can and cannot do.

Your email address will be used to register you in the state’s patient registry after the doctor issues your certification. An invitation to complete the process’s remaining steps will be sent to you.

Step 3: Compile Your Paperwork

To establish your identity and residency in Ohio, you must give your doctor a copy of your current Ohio driver’s license or Ohio identification card, both of which must have been issued by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).

You can use another form of identification and two proofs of residency from the state’s list of acceptable documents if you don’t have a valid Ohio state ID card.

You will be connected to the account created by your doctor through your email. You are unable to create your own account. Check your spam folder if you don’t receive the email. Contact the Medical Marijuana Control Program by phone at 1-833-464-6627 or email at if you still do not receive the email.

You can finish registering once you have logged into your account. You will be asked to check your demographic data and join the registry. As they review your application, the state might ask for more medical records.

Step 4: Submit Your Application

The $50 registration fee must be paid via the registry website in order to submit your application. The state honors Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. Veterans and people who are enrolled in the state retirement system or the Social Security Disability Income program may be eligible for a reduced fee.

Following the state’s approval of your application, you can print a copy of your medical marijuana card from your online account. Don’t forget to turn in your application. Before the state approves of your application, you cannot go to a dispensary.

Remember that patients under the age of 18 in Ohio must designate an adult as their primary caregiver.

Step 5: Receive Your Medical Marijuana Card

You can purchase medical marijuana products at any authorized Ohio dispensary once you have your card. One year will pass before your card expires. To keep your name on the registry and continue to be able to buy cannabis products from authorized dispensaries, Ohio requires an annual consultation with a medical marijuana doctor and a $50 renewal fee.

You can have a 90-day supply of Ohio medical cannabis, including plant material, edibles, drinks, tinctures, vape cartridges, and/or topical treatments, if you have a medical cannabis card. The cannabis strains and consumption techniques that may be most effective at treating your symptoms can be discussed with your medical marijuana doctor and the dispensary staff.

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Need Help Obtaining an Ohio Medical Marijuana Card?

The Sanctuary can assist you in completing the application for a medical marijuana card and becoming an authorized patient in Ohio. We will first direct you to a qualified medical marijuana physician in Ohio who can write your recommendation and register you with the state. We collaborate with medical professionals who are knowledgeable and passionate about cannabis’s therapeutic potential.

Once you have access to the registry, our staff will assist you in submitting the state’s MMJ card application. Following your approval, you’ll be able to start using cannabis from Ohio marijuana dispensaries to treat the symptoms of your qualifying condition(s).

To find out more, call us today.