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How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card In Ohio: Your Step-by-Step Process


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In order to get a medical marijuana card in Ohio, you’ll need to go through a short application process and evaluation from a medical marijuana doctor. The process is fairly simple, and once you receive your card, you’ll be able to purchase marijuana from approved dispensaries.

Step 1: Meet With an MMJ Doctor (Like Us!)

The first step to getting your medical card is to visit one of the many doctors who prescribe medical marijuana in Ohio. One of the easiest and most convenient ways to do this is to use an approved telehealth provider — like Elevate Holistics. We offer affordable and secure consultations with board-certified Ohio medical marijuana doctors, all from the comfort of home. During your MMJ doctor’s visit, you’ll need to provide proof of Ohio residency using a government-issued ID. This can be a driver’s license, a state ID, or a US passport with a current address. Here, your doctor will confirm that you have one of the Ohio medical marijuana qualifying conditions. They can also answer any questions that you have about medical marijuana.

Step 2: Get Approved and Register With the State

After your appointment, your doctor will start your registration in Ohio’s Patient and Caregiver Registry. You’ll receive an email with an activation link, which will take you to the state registry. This link is only valid for 90 days, so it’s important to complete the registration before then. You’ll need to complete a short application form online and choose a password, which you will need to log back into your profile later on. You’ll also need to pay your $50 registration fee at this point.

Step 3: Get Your MMJ Card and Start Shopping!

The Ohio state registry will then process your application. Once you’re approved, you’ll be able to print out your medical marijuana card and start buying cannabis products from your local dispensary.

Ohio Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions
In order to get a medical card, you’ll need to meet the Ohio medical marijuana requirements. There are a number of qualifying conditions for a medical marijuana card in Ohio. These include both chronic physical and mental health conditions that require ongoing treatment.

Here is the current list of qualifying conditions for a medical card in OH:


AIDS Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Alzheimer’s disease
Cachexia Cancer Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
Crohn’s disease Epilepsy or another seizure disorder Fibromyalgia
Glaucoma Hepatitis C Huntington’s disease Ulcerative colitis
Inflammatory bowel disease Multiple sclerosis Pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable Traumatic brain injury
Parkinson’s disease Positive status for HIV Post-traumatic stress disorder Tourette syndrome
Sickle cell anemia Spasticity Spinal cord disease or injury Terminal illness

Suppose you’re unsure of whether or not you qualify for a medical marijuana card in Ohio. In that case, it’s worth consulting with a doctor to learn more – you might be surprised by just how many Ohio medical marijuana conditions exist.

How Long Does It Take To Get A Card In Ohio?

The process of getting a medical marijuana card in Ohio typically takes less than a month. Your initial consultation with your doctor will take less than an hour — and if you book with Elevate Holistics, you’ll be done in about 15 minutes. Once you’ve gotten your email link to register, you’ll be able to complete the application in roughly 30 minutes or less. Then you’ll need to wait for the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy to approve it, which can take anywhere from 72 hours to two weeks. The process can vary depending on your specific circumstances.

Ohio Medical Marijuana Doctors

At Blue Bird Wellness Center, we provide secure telehealth consultations with licensed medical marijuana doctors. Not only can our doctors approve you for a medical card if you have a qualifying condition, but they can also answer any questions you may have about medical marijuana. Each telehealth session is HIPAA compliant, and our knowledgeable doctors will walk you through the sign-up process, and then our team is here to help you complete the state registration effortlessly. Truly, getting your Ohio medical marijuana card has never been simple. Do you live in Cincinnati, Cleveland, or Columbus? Click on your area to learn more about MMJ where you live.

Can Minors Get Medical Cards in Ohio?

If you’re under 18, you’re not out of luck when it comes to getting a medical marijuana card in Ohio. Minors can legally get MMJ cards in the Buckeye State; the process is just slightly different. Minors cannot meet with medical marijuana doctors on their own to get a card. Instead, a parent or guardian must legally consent to the minor being seen by the doctor. If approved for MMJ, the minor will need a designated caregiver (aka parent or guardian) to apply to the state’s registry on their behalf. Minors also will not be able to purchase their own products. Purchase, transportation, and administration of cannabis products for minors must be done by the caregiver.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is marijuana legalized in Ohio?

Yes, Ohio voted to legalize medical marijuana back in 2016, but the program didn’t make its first sales until 2019. The medical marijuana program in Ohio is very unique in that it prohibits smoking cannabis products, although it does allow users with a medical marijuana card to use vaporizers as well as edibles and other forms of marijuana. Recreational marijuana is not currently legal in Ohio.

What documents are needed to get your medical marijuana card in Ohio?

Getting a medical marijuana card in Ohio requires the following pieces of information:

  • Proof of residency (driver’s license, state ID, US passport)
  • Physician-certified medical marijuana recommendation
  • $50 state fee

What are the reasons to get a medical card in Ohio?

Getting your medical marijuana card will allow you to purchase the cannabis products you need legally. Since marijuana is still illegal for recreational use in Ohio, you can face legal penalties if you are caught using it or distributing it without the proper qualifications. Having a medical card will give you the peace of mind you need to use marijuana safely. Additionally, having a medical card streamlines the distribution process, because you can go directly to your local dispensary. They will have a selection of products to choose from and will be able to help you find the one that is best for your needs.

How much does a medical marijuana card cost in Ohio?

The fee to register with the state and receive your Ohio medical card is $50. You’ll need to pay this fee annually to renew your card. If you’re a caregiver, you’ll only need to pay $25 annually to get a medical card for the patient. Some people may qualify for reduced fees, including veterans and people who need additional financial support. You will also need to pay a fee to consult with a medical marijuana doctor and get your approval. This fee will vary depending on which doctor you consult with. It’s important to note that these fees are typically not covered by insurance.

How long does it take to get a Missouri marijuana card?

Can I be a caregiver to a medical marijuana patient in Ohio? Yes, you can! Patients who need medical marijuana but are unable to visit dispensaries to get it themselves can work with a caregiver to do so. This includes people who are disabled and people who are under the age of 18. Medical marijuana caregivers in Ohio must be over the age of 21 and be able to prove legal residency. The process of becoming an Ohio medical marijuana caregiver is fairly straightforward – the patient will need to get certified by a doctor, and then the caregiver will receive a link to sign up and complete the application. Caregivers need to pay a $25 annual fee for their cards. In Ohio, you can only serve as a caregiver for up to two people at a time. You can only purchase cannabis for the designated patient and cannot redistribute it.

How much MMJ can you possess in Ohio?

Ohio’s possession laws for people with medical marijuana cards are slightly unusual because they vary slightly depending on your condition. These limits are set by the Ohio medical marijuana control program. Your medical marijuana doctor will determine what possession tier you are in depending on the severity of your medical condition. Those in tier I can possess up to eight ounces of approved THC products, but the percentage of THC should be less than 23 percent. If you’re in tier II, you can only possess 5.3 ounces of THC products, but the potency of THC can be between 23 and 35 percent. For those who don’t have a medical marijuana card, possession of cannabis has been decriminalized in Ohio. This means that possession of less than 100 grams of marijuana will give you a $150 fine, but you won’t serve jail time and it won’t go on your criminal record.

What do Ohio’s medical marijuana laws look like?

It’s important to familiarize yourself with the Ohio medical marijuana laws once you get your card. Recreational cannabis is not legal in Ohio, so there are many rules you’ll need to follow to avoid getting fined. In order to get a medical marijuana card for yourself in Ohio, you’ll need to be at least 18 years of age and be able to prove Ohio residency. Those with a medical card can only purchase cannabis for themselves or for a designated patient and cannot redistribute it to others.

Can you grow marijuana at home in Ohio?

Right now, Ohio does not allow you to cultivate your own cannabis plants. If you are caught growing your own marijuana, you will be fined, and you could also serve jail time if you’re growing marijuana in bulk.

Does Ohio offer medical marijuana reciprocity?

Unfortunately, no, Ohio does not offer medical marijuana reciprocity. This means that you cannot come to Ohio with an MMJ card from another state and use it at the dispensaries. In many places, you can use out-of-state medical cards to purchase cannabis, but this is not allowed in OH.

Are there medical marijuana dispensaries in Ohio?

Yes, there are dozens of Ohio medical marijuana dispensaries located in major cities and towns across the state for you to shop from! You’ll just need to show your medical card as well as your government-issued ID in order to enter the dispensary. Once inside, you’ll be able to shop for many popular cannabis products. Still have questions about Ohio marijuana? Click here to read through our full Ohio MMJ FAQs.