To apply for a medical card in Ohio, you will need to be examined by a physician who holds a certificate to recommend marijuana. The physician will assess you to determine that you have a condition that qualifies for a medical marijuana recommendation. Below is an updated list of qualifying conditions:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
- Crohn’s disease
- Epilepsy or another seizure disorder
- Fibromyalgia o Glaucoma
- Hepatitis C
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable
- Parkinson’s disease
- Positive status for HIV
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Sickle cell anemia
- Spinal cord disease or injury
- Tourette syndrome
- Traumatic brain injury
- Ulcerative colitis
Note that during your appointment, you will also need to present a valid form of identification such as a passport, driver's license, or state ID card to your physician so that they can get you registered. You will also need to return annually for assessments to keep your card active.
While, in the past, a physical examination was required to receive a recommendation, the in-person requirement has been temporarily suspended and allowed for telehealth appointments due to the COVID 19. If you are registering as a caregiver, an expedited registration process
has also been instituted to help caregivers register during the pandemic.
After the examination, the qualifying physician will enter your information as a patient or caregiver into the database and you will be sent a registration link. Once you receive the link, you can complete the registration and pay the annual registration fee which is $50 for patients and $25 for caregivers.
Once your registration is completed and approved, you will be able to purchase medical marijuana from local and online dispensaries.