Updated on June 16, 2022. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Shatha Atiya.
When medical marijuana doctors certify their patients for medical cannabis, they create an account for their patients on the Ohio Medical Marijuana Registry. The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP) then requires the patient to complete their medical card application using this registry account.
This page highlights all the relevant information you should know about the OMMCP and the 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 medical marijuana today.
Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP)
The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program is responsible for regulating medicinal cannabis in Ohio. The program, abbreviated as the OMMCP, has been in place since 2016. The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program enables qualifying patients to access cannabis treatment options in addition to regulating medical marijuana in Ohio.
When did the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program start?
With the approval of its cannabis legislature back in June of 2016, Ohio began giving its residents access to marijuana for medical use. As a result, Ohio patients suffering from debilitating illnesses such as ALS, PTSD, and cancer, among the state’s many other qualifying conditions, gained 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 of medical marijuana.
Another noteworthy regulation is that Ohio patients cannot smoke medical cannabis. Instead, patients may use their medicine through vaporization, CBD oils, applied tincture, edibles, or cannabis patches.
Also, the State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) regularly convenes to review the petitions for the addition of new medical conditions to the existing list of qualifying conditions.
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 usually take between 10 to 15 minutes and are all done via Doxy.
Important: The doctor can only recommend medicinal cannabis to patients diagnosed with certain medical conditions determined by the OMMCP. Usually, the doctor will consider cannabis treatment if you’re suffering from either:
- A chronic medical condition that is normally treated with a prescription medication that could lead to physical or psychological dependence.
- A chronic medical condition that causes severe, debilitating psychiatric disorders.
Go here to see the full 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 they can start their application for an Ohio medical marijuana card. After receiving your signed medical marijuana certification, you 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 in order 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 with the Ohio Medical Marijuana Registry you will be asked 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’ve made sure you have all your documents ready here’s how to begin the application process itself:
- 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 OMMCP Patient & Caregiver Registry.
- Next, complete your registration for the program through the online Patient & Caregiver Registry. 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 your application has been approved by the OMMCP you are considered a registered patient and you should receive your Ohio medical card within 30 days. Afterward, you can purchase medical marijuana products from any dispensary that has a certificate of operation from the Ohio Board of Pharmacy.
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.
To buy medical cannabis from Ohio medical marijuana dispensaries, patients must provide a valid Ohio medical marijuana card and government-issued identification.
Check out the official OMMCP list of medical marijuana dispensaries to view all the operational dispensaries in Ohio with a Certificate of Operation.
What types of medical marijuana are available in Ohio?
There are many forms of medical marijuana available to medical marijuana patients in Ohio. For example, concentrates, oils plus cannabis flower for vaporization, edibles, tinctures, pre-loaded marijuana oil vape cartridges, and topicals.
Medicaid and the Ohio Medical Card Guidelines
Medical marijuana’s federal status as a Schedule I drug currently prevents Medicaid and other medical insurance providers from covering your medical marijuana treatment.
However, there are two FDA-approved cannabis-based medications that Medicaid will cover if prescribed:
- 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 aftermath of the “wasting” phenomenon.
- Epidolex – a non-synthetic cannabidiol medication, Epidolex is often used to prevent seizures affecting patients diagnosed with epilepsy, especially in children.
Ohio Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Guidelines for Patients
As a medical marijuana patient, you should be aware of the rules and guidelines of dispensaries in Ohio. It is important to familiarise yourself with both the benefits and the responsibilities of your patient status. Below we have highlighted some essential guidelines to follow.
- Your patient status provides you with access to a 90-day supply of marijuana, a unique quantity that is established by your recommending physician once you have begun your treatment. There is no legal reason for you to possess any marijuana beyond that explicitly set limit.
- Your patient status does NOT give you the right to grow cannabis plants on your own property. Any and all medical cannabis you intend to use need to be purchased from a licensed Ohio dispensary.
- Personal sales are highly prohibited by the court of law and you should NOT engage with them 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 type of marijuana treatment. You have no legal excuse for possessing such an item, or, similar to cultivation, to be using it in order to create your own medication.
Common questions about the Ohio Medical Marijuana Registry and Control Program
Below are the answers to common questions patients have about the Ohio Medical Marijuana Registry and Control Program.
Contact the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program
State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy
Contact email: email@example.com
Ohio Department of Commerce
Contact email: Jennifer.JARRELL@com.state.oh.us
State Medical Board of Ohio
Contact email: Jerica.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.