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Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Program

Updated: Jul 29, 2023

Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Program

The use of medical marijuana was legalized in the state of Ohio on September 8, 2016. Three state agencies are responsible for overseeing the state’s program.

  • the Ohio Department of Commerce,

  • the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy,

  • and the State of Ohio Medical Board.

Keep reading for a general overview of Ohio's medical marijuana program.

Who Can Prescribe Medical Marijuana in Ohio?

Under Ohio law, a doctor or physician must have an active and unrestricted license to practice medicine and surgery to be eligible to hold a ‘certificate to recommend’. Those physicians who apply for their certificate to recommend are required to complete at least two hours of continuing medical education in a course or courses which are certified by the Ohio state medical association. This course is meant to assist physicians in diagnosing qualifying medical conditions and treating those conditions with the use of medical marijuana.

Physician applicants must also have no ownership or investment interest in or compensation agreement with any medical marijuana entity licensed to sell medical marijuana.

Who is Eligible for Medical Marijuana in Ohio?

To be prescribed medical marijuana in the state of Ohio, a patient must be at least 18 years of age. Patients under 18 may be eligible if they have a caregiver who is over the age of 21. The patient must also suffer from one of the qualifying conditions and be an Ohio resident with proof of residency.

What are Qualifying Medical Conditions Under Ohio Law?

Current as of 2021, there are 21 listed qualifying conditions for which a patient may be prescribed medical marijuana:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Sickle Cell Anemia


  • Ulcerative Colitis

  • Cancer

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Tourette’s Syndrome

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Crohn’s Disease

  • Chronic Pain

  • Epilepsy

  • Glaucoma

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Hepatitis C

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  • Spinal Cord Disease or Injury

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

In What Form is Medical Marijuana Prescribed in Ohio?

Under Ohio law, medical marijuana may be prescribed in four methods. (1) By way of oil, tincture, capsules, or edible form, (2) metered oil or vapor, (3) patches or lotions for topical use, or (4) plant material for administration with the use of vaporizing devices.

How Do I Get My Medical Marijuana Card in Ohio?

If you are interested in obtaining your medical marijuana card and you suffer from one of the qualifying conditions, the first step is scheduling a visit with a medical marijuana doctor.

You can schedule a visit with a doctor either in person or via telehealth.

You will need to come prepared to your appointment with your medical records so that you can discuss your options with your physician. If your doctor is able to confirm your condition and approve you to be treated with medical marijuana you will be registered with the Ohio Board of Pharmacy and be required to pay a $50 fee. Once you have completed this process you will then have access to your Ohio medical marijuana card.

Find Medical Marijuana Doctors Near Your in Ohio

OMNI Medical Services provides trained, certified, and licensed doctors to help residents in Ohio get their recommendations for medical marijuana.

Speak with a medical marijuana professional today (888) 470-0008 or request a confidential call-back!



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