Purchasing medical cannabis in Ohio isn’t as simple as walking into a dispensary and buying medication. We break down the steps involved in getting a medical marijuana card.
Medical marijuana has the potential to provide relief and treatment for a surprisingly diverse range of health conditions, including nausea, chronic pain, epilepsy, and even dementia. However, there are certain requirements that patients must meet before they can purchase products from a dispensary.
In Ohio, you must have at least one of 21 qualifying conditions (though the state is considering adding additional qualifying conditions to the list) and be 18 or older, or be the parent or guardian of someone under the age 18 who has a qualifying condition. Once those baseline requirements are met, you can start the process of acquiring your medical marijuana card.
Here’s what you can expect, step by step:
1. Find a Certified Physician
The first step is making an appointment with a doctor who is certified to provide medical marijuana recommendations. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in telehealth appointments, which many patients and healthcare providers find to be a more convenient way of facilitating consultations. There are now online services that make it easy for patients to connect digitally with board-certified healthcare providers so they can receive a recommendation without risking exposure during the pandemic.
However, it’s important to make sure that the healthcare provider you select is certified to write medical marijuana recommendations. To see the State Medical Board of Ohio’s map of approved physicians, click here.
2. Have Your Consultation
The purpose of the appointment is to confirm that you meet the minimum requirements for receiving a medical marijuana recommendation. The doctor will verify that you have at least one of the qualifying medical conditions, go over your records, and discuss whether or not medical cannabis can be used to manage your symptoms. The consultation also presents an opportunity for you to bring up any questions or concerns you may have about medical marijuana, as well as what to expect next from the process.
In order to make the consultation as easy as possible, it’s a good idea for patients to have a few key documents at the ready. At minimum, these include a valid ID and proof of residency, but copies of medical records that demonstrate a history of specific medical conditions can make your approval process more efficient.
3. Wait for Approval
If everything goes well, at the end of your consultation your doctor will sign a medical marijuana recommendation and submit it to the state regulatory board. The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy will then approve the recommendation and send an email prompting you to submit a $50 registration fee. Once your payment clears, you’ll be able to create an account and download your official medical cannabis card, which allows you to make purchases from licensed dispensaries. All told, the process typically takes around 72 hours.
4. Register Again Next Year
In Ohio, medical marijuana cards expire after a year, but the process of renewing your card is much simpler going forward. While you’ll need to pay the $50 fee each year to keep your registration current, you don’t need to have repeat consultations for recommendations.
Your Ohio-based Medical Marijuana Provider
While there are a few hoops to jump through, acquiring a medical marijuana recommendation isn’t too difficult, so long as you meet the baseline requirements. At Lakewood Medical Center, our team of medical marijuana experts and certified healthcare providers is ready to help you get access to the care you need — on your terms. Schedule an appointment with us today, and we’ll help you find the course of treatment that’s the best fit for your lifestyle, goals, and budget.
Lakewood Medical Clinic is a holistic medical practice promoting the use of cannabis as a complement to traditional treatment. Our mission is to break down the stigma that prevents patients from considering medical marijuana as a treatment option.