A Patient’s Guide To Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Card Program

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In 2016, Ohio joined the list of states that allow medical marijuana for certain conditions. Since then, many patients in Ohio have been able to benefit from the therapeutic properties of cannabis. However, to legally access medical marijuana in Ohio, patients must first obtain a medical marijuana card. This guide will walk you through obtaining an Ohio medical marijuana card, including the qualifying conditions, application process, and rules and regulations.

Qualifying Conditions

In Ohio, patients must have one of the following qualifying medical conditions to be eligible for medical marijuana:

  • AIDS
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Cancer
  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy or another seizure disorder

Patients may also be eligible if they have a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that causes severe, persistent pain, nausea or vomiting, cachexia, wasting syndrome, muscle spasms, or seizures.

Application Process

To apply for an Ohio medical marijuanas card, patients must follow these steps:

Step 1: Visit A Certified Physician

Patients must visit a certified physician registered with the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program. The physician will evaluate the patient’s medical history and determine whether they have a qualifying condition for medical marijuana. If the physician determines that the patient is eligible, they will provide the patient with a recommendation that they can use to apply for a medical marijuana card.

Step 2: Register With The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program

After receiving a recommendation from a certified physician, patients must register with the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP) online at the OMMCP Patient & Caregiver Registry website. During registration, patients must provide personal information, medical information, and a government-issued photo ID. Patients will also need to pay a registration fee of $50 for one year or $25 for patients who qualify for financial hardship.

Step 3: Receive A Medical Marijuana Card

Once the OMMCP approves the patient’s application, the patient will receive their medical marijuana card in the mail. The card will include the patient’s name, photo, date of birth, expiration date, and unique identification number.

Rules And Regulations

Patients with an Ohio medical marijuana card must follow the rules and regulations established by the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program. These rules include the following:

Patients are not allowed to smoke medical marijuana in Ohio. They can only use marijuana in the form of oils, tinctures, edibles, patches, or vaporization.

  • Patients cannot grow their medical marijuana.
  • Patients are not allowed to share their medical marijuana with anyone else.
  • Patients must carry their medical marijuana card at all times when using medical marijuana.
  • Patients must only purchase medical marijuana from licensed dispensaries in Ohio.
  • Patients cannot drive or operate heavy machinery while under the influence of medical marijuana.
  • Patients must comply with all local and state laws regarding medical marijuana.

Conclusion

Obtaining an Ohio medical marijuana card can be complicated, but it is worth the effort for patients with a qualifying medical condition. By following the steps outlined in this guide and adhering to the rules and regulations established by the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program, patients can legally access the therapeutic benefits of medical marijuana. If you have any questions or concerns about the Ohio medical marijuana card program, it is recommended that you consult with a certified physician or a qualified medical marijuana attorney.