In the state of Ohio, a patient who has been diagnosed with any of the qualifying medical conditions is legally protected under the Ohio Medical Marijuana law, as per the House Bill 523 (PDF). A patient suffering from one of the following life-threatening, debilitating or otherwise severe conditions listed below and who have not responded to traditional medical treatments, might qualify for Medical Marijuana treatment in Ohio:

  • Alzheimer’s disease 
  • ALS 
  • Cancer
  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy 
  • Crohn’s disease 
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia 
  • Glaucoma, 
  • Hepatitis C, 
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Inflammatory bowel disease 
  • Multiple sclerosis 
  • Pain (chronic or severe)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • PTSD 
  • Sickle cell anemia 
  • Spinal cord disease or injury 
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Ulcerative colitis


Information about the Ohio Medical Marijuana Program

  1. To enroll in the program the patient must be eighteen (18) years or older.A patient younger than eighteen (18) years of age must have designated and registered an ‘Approved Caregiver’.
  2. The patient must be a resident in the state of Ohio and provide proof of residency either in the form of a state issued ID card or a State Driver’s License.

    * If the patient does not have a valid state issued ID card or Driver’s license, a U.S passport along with a document that serves as a proof of address such as a bank statement or utility bill might be accepted.

    * Ohio does not accept out-of-state Registry ID cards. 
  3. The patient must have a diagnosis of at least one of the Qualifying Medical conditions listed above. 
  4. The patient will need to obtain a recommendation from a certified practitioner who is a licensed to practice and recommend medical marijuana treatment in the state of Ohio. 
  5. After the patient has received a recommendation from their physician, the patient must submit an application for a Ohio Medical Marijuana ID Card (Registry ID)  in order to be approved for the Ohio Medical Marijuana Program. All applications must be submitted online. You must submit your application with the Patient Registry.

    * You must pay the application fee of $50. 

    *You may be eligible to pay a reduced fee if you qualify for veteran status or as indigent.

    * If the patient has designated a caregiver, a Caregiver Application must also be submitted. Please read carefully any caregiver-specific application instructions.
  6. Once the application process is complete, and if the patient has been approved, a Registry ID card will be issued to the patient’s email. The Registry ID card will need to be activated before it can be used. 


Accessing Medical Marijuana in Ohio

Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug by the federal government, which means that doctors cannot prescribe this drug to their patients because marijuana prescriptions are illegal. Therefore, patients cannot fill a prescription for medical marijuana at a local pharmacy in the traditional way, but must instead obtain a recommendation from a certified medical marijuana doctor that will supply the patient with medical marijuana  from a dispensary, in compliance with the law of the state. A dispensary is considered by law to be a different kind of establishment to an ordinary pharmacy, this means that regular prescriptions cannot be filled at a dispensary. 

Once you have obtained your Medical Marijuana ID Card, you may purchase your medical marijuana from a certified dispensary.

* A patient may only purchase a limited amount of medical marijuana equal to a 90-day supply or less, and must do so at a designated state-monitored dispensary.

* Please note: According to Ohio Medical Marijuana Law, smoking is not a method approved by the senate bill. 

* You must bring your Medical Marijuana ID Card and one more form of photo ID when purchasing medical marijuana from a dispensary. 

* Minor Patients must be supervised by their designated caregiver or guardian when purchasing their medicine at a dispensary. Caregivers and Guardians must provide proof of ID when accompanying the Minor Patient. 

For more information, please visit Ohio Medical Marijuana Laws.