Qualifying Conditions for a Medical Card in Ohio

Updated on December 14, 2021. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Shatha Atiya.

If you want to apply for a medical card in Ohio, you must check whether your illness is on the list of qualifying medical conditions. Meeting this requirement means that a certified-to-recommend medical marijuana doctor in Ohio will most likely certify you for cannabis treatment. Still, there are other additional eligibility requirements you must meet to get a medical marijuana card in Ohio.

This page explains what you need to qualify for medical cannabis in Ohio. That way, you can proceed with your medical card application with confidence. When you are ready, book an online marijuana evaluation with one of our Ohio MMJ doctors. Then, get certified in 10 minutes and begin your Ohio medical marijuana card application.

Ohio medical marijuana requirements

Many patients interested in getting medical marijuana in Ohio often ask themselves the question, “Do I qualify for a medical card?” The answer is, “Yes.” You are eligible to apply for a medical card as long as you satisfy the Ohio medical marijuana requirements, which include:

  1. Adult patients must be at least 18 years old.
  2. Patients under 18 years old must have a designated and registered caregiver applying on their behalf.
  3. All applicants must be Ohio residents.
  4. Patients must be diagnosed with one of the qualifying conditions for a medical card in Ohio.
  5. Additionally, patients must have a recommendation from a Certified-To-Recommend (CTR) doctor in Ohio verifying their diagnosis.

What conditions and illnesses qualify for medical marijuana in Ohio?

Currently, there are a total of 25 Ohio medical marijuana conditions that may qualify you for a medical card. And, certified physicians may only recommend medical marijuana for the treatment of a qualifying disease.

Previously, Ohio’s medical marijuana law only listed 22 qualifying conditions. But the law also allows individuals to petition the Medical Board to add an illness to the list. The State Medical Board of Ohio added three new conditions in February 2021 following successful petitions.

The Ohio Medical Marijuana 2021 List of Conditions Include:

AIDS

Alzheimer’s disease

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Arthritis

Cachexia

Cancer

Chronic migraines

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)

Epilepsy or another seizure disorder

Fibromyalgia

Glaucoma

Hepatitis C

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease

Multiple sclerosis (MS)

Pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable

Parkinson’s disease

Positive status for HIV

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Sickle cell anemia

Spinal cord disease or injury

Tourette syndrome

Traumatic brain injury

Can you get a medical card for anxiety and depression in Ohio?

No, anxiety and depression are not on the list of qualifying conditions for a medical card in Ohio. Medical marijuana doctors can only recommend medical cannabis to patients diagnosed with an Ohio medical marijuana condition.

I meet the Ohio medical marijuana card eligibility requirements – What’s next?

Once you’ve made sure you meet all the requirements and you’re eligible to apply for an Ohio medical marijuana card, here’s how to begin the application process itself:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Once your application has been approved by the OMMCP you are considered a qualified 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.

Go here to get a recommendation for Ohio medical marijuana card online from our doctors.

Which documents am I required to submit for my medical marijuana application in Ohio?

Part of the Ohio medical marijuana requirements includes a list of documents you must upload during your application. During your application with the Ohio DOH you will be asked to submit the following:

  1. Proof of identity. Either:
    • Ohio driver’s license,
    • Ohio state ID,
    • U.S. Passport
    • Ohio motor vehicle registration.
  2. Proof of Ohio residency. Either:
    • Ohio driver’s license,
    • Ohio state ID,
    • recent utility bill,
    • Ohio motor vehicle registration.
  3. A physician diagnosis less than 90 days old from the day of application submission (This is your recommendation for medical marijuana).
  4. Parental or legal guardian consent form for patients under 18 years of age.
  5. A clear, colored, full-face photograph submitted in digital format.

Contact the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program

State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy

Contact email: media.relations@pharmacy.ohio.gov

614-705-1190

Ohio Department of Commerce

Contact email: Jennifer.JARRELL@com.state.oh.us

614-980-5806

State Medical Board of Ohio

Contact email: Jerica.stewart@med.ohio.gov

614-620-2127

Phone: 1-833-4OH-MMCP (1-833-464-6627) (Toll-free helpline)

Website: www.medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov/

Learn more about the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program and Registry.