How to

BECOME A PATIENT IN OHIO

  1. Before you can purchase or possess medical marijuana, your name must be on the registry established by the state Board of Pharmacy.

  2. You must have  established and maintain a bona fide physician-patient relationship with a recommending physician, who will submit a complete patient registration to the state.

  3. You must receive a diagnosis or confirmation of one of 21 qualifying conditions from the recommending physician.

  4. You must consent to treatment with medical marijuana. If you’re a minor, your parent or legal representative must consent to treatment with medical marijuana.

  5. You must pay the required fee to the state Board of Pharmacy, unless you qualified for a reduced rate.

 
 

Where to start

Have a conversation with your physician.

Your doctor must have taken two hours of continuing medical education (CME) classes to recommend medical marijuana and ensure you a spot on the registry.

If your doctor is interested but hasn’t taken the classes, the Ohio State Medical Association's website lists certified course providers for the annual CME hours, as well as the required certification forms.

If your doctor isn’t interested in recommending, check the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program’s Physician Page for recommending physicians in your area. You’ll need to establish a doctor-patient relationship with a state-certified practitioner to qualify for an ID card.

Once you have an established relationship with a recommending physician and have been diagnosed with a qualifying condition, all you need is a driver’s license or state issued ID and the required $50 annual application fee ($25 application fee if the patient qualifies for veteran or indigent status).

Your doctor will submit your completed patient registration submission. Any questions regarding what must be included in the registration submission, see ORC 3796:7-2-01(C) for more information.

 
 

Supporting Family or Friends Who are Patients

If your family member or friend is unable to physically go to a medical marijuana dispensary, you may be  apply to be a licensed caregiver (and serve as a caregiver for up to two patients). Caregivers are essential to medical marijuana treatment programs for those suffering from terminal illnesses, and are legally able to assist patients in administering their medication. To become a caregiver, you must be over 21 years of age. Visit your friend or family member’s recommending physician with valid photo ID and the required $25 fee to have them submit your caregiver registration.

Look for a list of the items you need for registration at OAC 3796:7-2-03

 
 

Qualifying conditions

At the end of the day, patients are the sole reason we’re in business and we make sure that they are always at the top of our list of priorities. With 21 accepted qualifying conditions, each and every patients’ needs are unique — which is why we make sure we’re offering a wide variety of treatment options and educational opportunities. The information below is intended for any current or future medical marijuana patients and caregivers in the state of Ohio. Qualifying medical conditions include:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease

  • PTSD

  • Cancer

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Parkinson’s Disease

  • Chronic Pain

  • Glaucoma

  • Spinal Cord Disease/Injury

  • Crohn’s Disease

  • Sickle Cell Anemia

  • Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

  • Hepatitis C

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • HIV/AIDS

  • Tourette’s Syndrome

  • Epilepsy or another seizure disorder

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  • Ulcerative Colitis

 
 

Existing Patients

Active cardholders can visit any of our five dispensaries across Summit, Cuyahoga, Lake, Stark and Franklin counties to speak with our staff and purchase medical marijuana products. Visit us for a consultation as either a walk-in patient or by appointment, (though please note: scheduling an appointment will reduce your wait time).

On your first visit, you’ll need to bring the following documents:

  • Your active patient ID card (either printed or electronic)

  • Valid government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport

 
 

Keeping Your Registration Active

Active patient registration: expires one year after the day it’s issued, on the last day of the month it was issued. Forty-five (45) days before your card expires, the Board of Pharmacy will send a notice to the address you provided in your application.

To keep your registration valid, you must renew it annually and before the expiration date. Your referring physician must submit your renewal applications up to one month before your expiry date.

If your expiration date is less than 30 days away, or it has already passed, you must contact your physician for an updated recommendation and reapply for a new ID card.

 

Still Have Questions?

The Medical Marijuana Control Program has more information, including FAQs and a program timeline.