While the crusade keeps enlarging driving at supporting medical marijuana’s potential to improve quality of life for Ohio residents, state lawmakers passed House Bill 523 in the summer of 2016. The passage of this law made medical marijuana legal everywhere across the great State of Ohio, and it established the rules governing the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OOMCP).
What Conditions Qualify For A Medical Marijuana Card In Ohio?
The Ohio Medical Board has approved the use of medical marijuana to help treat and alleviate the symptoms associated with a variety of medical conditions and ailments. In total, there are currently 21 conditions eligible for treatment with medical marijuana, and the State Medical Board has left open the possibility of adding more conditions in the future.
Below are the 21 qualifying conditions given by Veriheal,com for a MMJ card in Ohio:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Chronic and Intractable Pain
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Spinal Cord Disease or Injury
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- Tourette Syndrome
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Crohn’s Disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Epilepsy, and other seizure disorders
- Hepatitis C
- Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
I Have A Qualifying Medical Condition, Now How Do I Get Approved?
If you are currently living with one of the conditions listed above, then you are eligible for treatment with medical marijuana in Ohio. However, before you can walk into dispensaries and purchase medical marijuana, you will need an Ohio medical marijuana card. The easiest way to obtain one is through our services here at Ohio Marijuana Card.
What Is An Ohio Medical Marijuana Card?
An Ohio medical marijuana card (sometimes referred to as an “affirmative defense” card) is simply the patient identification card that you will receive from the State Board of Pharmacy once you’ve been registered as a medical marijuana patient in the state of Ohio. With your card in hand, you’ll have all of the legal rights and benefits granted to patients under the State’s medical marijuana laws. An Ohio medical marijuana card provides you with the following benefits:
Ohio Marijuana Dispensary Access
With your Ohio medical marijuana card in hand, you’ll be able to access all 60 dispensaries located throughout the state and purchase medical marijuana. These state-licensed marijuana dispensaries will carry many forms of medical marijuana in varying strengths and potency. You will be able to buy products such as tinctures, oils, creams, dry flower and plant material for vaporizers, and edibles.
Your Ohio Marijuana Card makes it easy for you to demonstrate to law enforcement that you are registered with Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control, and thereby allowed to possess, transport, and consume medical marijuana products.
Access To Other States
In the near future, you might be able to use your Ohio medical marijuana card in other states that have their own medical marijuana programs. This will depend on the Board of Pharmacy’s ability to establish reciprocity agreements with other states, in which out-of-state dispensaries would accept Ohio patients, and Ohio dispensaries would accept out-of-state patients. There should be more news about whether an agreement like this is put in place in the near future.
How To Get Approved For An Ohio Marijuana Card
If you are living with a qualifying condition, or you believe you have one of the conditions listed above, then you’ll need to schedule an appointment with a certified medical marijuana doctor to obtain your Ohio marijuana card. At the appointment, you and the doctor will discuss your medical condition(s) and treatment history. It is helpful for the doctor if you can bring any relevant medical records documenting your qualifying condition. By bringing your medical records to the appointment, you significantly increase the likelihood of receiving a recommendation from the doctor.
Assuming the doctor is able to confirm your qualifying condition, you’ll receive a signed recommendation following your appointment. The doctor’s signed recommendation will then be submitted to the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy. You submit a $50 registration fee to the Board of Pharmacy. They enter you into the patient registry. After your submission, you will receive your Ohio medical marijuana card will be emailed to you.
Where To Find Medical Marijuana Doctors In Ohio
Unfortunately, not all doctors are able, or willing, to recommend medical marijuana to patients in Ohio. Right now, there are only a handful of physicians certified to recommend medical marijuana, so it can be challenging to find a doctor that will help you out. This can be extremely frustrating for patients that have been eagerly waiting for years to access medical marijuana in Ohio. But you don’t have to worry any longer. All Ohio Marijuana Card office locations, found in every major city throughout Ohio, are staffed with compassionate doctors that are certified to recommend medical marijuana! We make it easy, simple and stress-free for patients to get approved for medical marijuana.
Schedule Now With Ohio Marijuana Card
Ohio Marijuana Card understands that the medical marijuana laws in Ohio can be confusing, so we take all of the guesswork out of it for our patients. Our friendly support staff will carefully walk you through the entire process, from helping you collect your medical records before your appointment, to submitting your recommendation to the State Board of Pharmacy after the appointment. Also, we have the most affordable pricing anywhere in the state of Ohio!