Updated on October 7, 2021. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Shatha Atiya.
When medical marijuana doctors certify their patients for medical cannabis, they create a patient account on the Ohio Medical Marijuana Registry. The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP) requires patients to complete their medical card application on this registry account.
This page will highlight all the relevant information patients should know about the OMMCP and Patient Registry. After reviewing this information, you should be comfortable applying for the Ohio medical marijuana card. So, go ahead and book an appointment with a medical marijuana doctor in Ohio to get certified for your medical card today.
Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP)
The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP) has been in place since 2016 and is responsible for regulating medicinal cannabis in Ohio. The program issues qualifying patients with the OMMCP Card, allowing them to access cannabis in the state.
When did the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program Start?
With the approval of its cannabis legislature back in June 2016, Ohio began giving its residents access to marijuana use for medical reasons. Ohio patients suffering from debilitating illnesses such as ALS, PTSD, and cancer, among the state’s many other qualifying conditions, now gain quick and easy access to the medication they require.
The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program, running under the state’s Department of Public Health, oversees the operation of the Ohio medical marijuana laws and regulations. Through House Bill 523, qualified patients are allowed the legal possession of up to a 90-day supply, a quantity calculated through the state’s Board of Pharmacy based on the patient’s unique needs.
Another noteworthy regulation is that Ohio patients cannot medicate by smoking hemp. Instead, patients can consume their medicine through vaporization, CBD oils, applied tincture, edible consumption, or cannabis patches.
The State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) regularly convenes to review petitions from qualifying patients that seek to add more diseases to the list of qualifying conditions. The last virtual meeting took place on June 9, 2021, and the next petition submission should happen from November 1 to December 31, 2021.
How to get medical marijuana in Ohio through the OMMCP
A simple answer for “How to get medical marijuana in Ohio?” is getting an Ohio medical marijuana card. Before starting your medical card application, a licensed cannabis doctor must certify you for cannabis treatment. With QuickMedCards, you can easily schedule an online appointment with an Ohio MMJ doctor near you and get your marijuana certification today.
To get started, fill out our sign-up form – it only takes a few minutes! Next, choose a time for your video consultation that is convenient for you.
Once you’ve done that, you and your chosen doctor will have a conversation about why medical marijuana may be beneficial for your health, and they will make a decision based on your specific medical condition. Appointments take place on Doxy, our chosen telemedicine platform, and generally last 10 to 15 minutes.
Most importantly, doctors can only recommend medicinal cannabis to patients diagnosed with certain medical conditions as determined by the OMMCP. Often, the doctor will consider cannabis treatment if you’re suffering from either:
- A chronic illness whose prescription medication could cause physical or psychological dependence.
- Or a chronic medical condition that causes severe, debilitating psychiatric disorders.
Go here to see the detailed list of qualifying conditions for a medical card in Ohio.
How to register as a medical marijuana patient in Ohio
Patients are required to have a recommendation from a licensed marijuana physician before applying for an Ohio medical marijuana card. Then, after receiving a signed medical marijuana certification, they may begin the registration process in the Ohio Medical Marijuana Registry.
Before you begin, please read the following Ohio Medical Marijuana Registry application criteria:
- Adult patients must be at least 18 years old to apply.
- Patients under 18 years old must have a designated and registered caregiver applying on their behalf.
- All applicants must be Ohio residents.
- Patients must be diagnosed with a medical condition listed by the OMMCP.
- Additionally, patients must have a recommendation from a Certified-To-Recommend (CTR) doctor in Ohio verifying their diagnosis.
- All patients are required to pay a state application fee of $50. You can receive a 50% fee reduction if you have proof of Veteran status or indigent status.
* Please note: Out-of-state applicants are not eligible to receive a medical card in Ohio.
Which documents are needed to complete the Ohio Medical Marijuana Registry application?
During your application on the Ohio Medical Marijuana Registry, you have to submit the following:
- Proof of identity. Either:
- Ohio driver’s license,
- Ohio state ID,
- U.S. Passport
- Ohio motor vehicle registration.
- Proof of Ohio residency. Either:
- Ohio driver’s license,
- Ohio state ID,
- recent utility bill,
- Ohio motor vehicle registration.
- A physician diagnosis less than 90 days old from the day of application submission (This is your recommendation for medical marijuana).
- Parental or legal guardian consent form for patients under 18 years of age.
- A clear, colored, full-face photograph submitted in digital format.
Submitting Your Ohio Medical Marijuana Registry Application
Once you have all your documents on hand, this is how to proceed with your application:
- First, you must get a recommendation for medical marijuana from a licensed medical marijuana doctor in Ohio. Once they’ve certified you, they will create your patient profile in the Ohio Medical Marijuana Registry.
- Next, complete your registration for the program online on your Ohio Medical Marijuana Registry account. This step will involve paying the $50 annual fee for patients or $25 for caregivers. However, patients who qualify for indigent or veteran status may be eligible for fee reductions.
- Once the OMMCP approves your application, you become a registered patient, and you should receive your Ohio medical card within 30 days. Afterward, you can purchase medical marijuana products from any licensed dispensary.
Find Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Ohio
You can buy medical cannabis from any dispensary in Ohio certified by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy as soon as you have your medical marijuana card. There are currently 57 operational Ohio medical marijuana dispensaries. The cities of Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland lead the way in terms of dispensary numbers. Some household names include Bloom Medicinals, Terrasana, and Buckeye Botanicals.
Check out the official OMMCP list of medical marijuana dispensaries to view all the operational dispensaries in Ohio with a Certificate of Operation.
Also, patients must provide a valid Ohio medical marijuana card and government-issued identification when buying medical cannabis from Ohio medical marijuana dispensaries.
What types of medical marijuana are available in Ohio?
There are many forms of medical marijuana available to medical marijuana patients in Ohio. For instance:
- Cannabis flower
- Oils for vaporization
- Pre-loaded marijuana oil vape cartridges
Medicaid and the Ohio Medical Card Guidelines
Medical marijuana’s federal status as a Schedule I drug currently prevents Medicaid and other similar medical insurances from covering your medical marijuana treatment.
However, there are two FDA-approved cannabis-based medications that Medicaid will cover if prescribed for your treatment:
- Dronabinol – made up of synthetic THC, Dronabinol is a common medication used to combat the weight loss effects of AIDS and Cancer treatment, stimulating appetite and counteracting the outcome of the “wasting” phenomenon.
- Epidolex – a non-synthetic cannabidiol medication, Epidolex is often used to prevent seizures affecting patients with epilepsy, especially in children.
Ohio Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Guidelines
As a law-abiding citizen carrying the medical privileges provided by your ID card, you should be aware of both the benefits and the responsibilities of your MMJ patient status:
- You can buy and possess a 90-day supply of marijuana. Your recommending physician will determine this quantity once you have begun your treatment. There is no legal reason for you to have any marijuana beyond that explicitly set limit.
- Your patient status does NOT give you the right to grow cannabis plants on your property. All your cannabis purchases should come from a licensed Ohio dispensary.
- You should NOT engage personal sales in any way, shape, or form.
- If your treatment includes hashish-based products OR any other type of marijuana concentrate, know that the regulations for unlawful use remain the same. The state of OH treats hash and concentrates just as it treats marijuana – as a schedule I drug.
- Marijuana paraphernalia (such as bongs, tobacco blunts, rolling paper) is NOT necessary for any form of marijuana treatment.
You can find a comprehensive list of marijuana-related penalties and regulations on our dedicated Ohio Marijuana Laws page.
Common questions about the Ohio Medical Marijuana Registry and Control Program
Contact the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program
State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy
Ohio Department of Commerce
State Medical Board of Ohio
Phone: 1-833-4OH-MMCP (1-833-464-6627) (Toll-free helpline)
Want to always be in the loop? Check out the OMMCP’s news section for monthly updates on the status of Ohio’s laws, regulations, and patient guidelines.