Ohio Medical Cannabis Program Details For Patients
Ohio Medical Marijuana Program: Contact Details
Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program
77 South High Street, 17th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 466-4143
Email: Ohio Medical Marijuana Program
Website: Ohio Medical Marijuana Program
Note from State, on sources for medical marijuana
“The state board of pharmacy has one year from the effective date of the law to adopt rules establishing standards and procedures for the medical marijuana control program, including establishing procedures and fees, setting the number of retail dispensary licenses, patient registration details, and defining 90-day supply,” House Bill 523 [June 08, 2016]
The Ohio Medical Marijuana Patient Registry application fee is yet to be determined. The Ohio Medical Marijuana Patient Registry is mandatory and does accept other state’s registry I.D. cards: “The state board of pharmacy shall attempt in good faith to negotiate and enter into a reciprocity agreement with any other state under which a medical marijuana registry identification card or equivalent authorization that is issued by the other state is recognized in this state.”
Ohio Medical Marijuana Program: Information
In May 2016, House Bill 523 was approved, and signed into law — effectively removing all state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients who possess a signed recommendation from their physician stating that marijuana may mitigate his/her debilitating medical symptoms effective three months from passage (September 2016).
As per the state’s medical marijuana law outlined in HB 523, all physicians participating in the Ohio medical marijuana program MUST first obtain a license from the State Medical Board of Ohio, legally permitting them to do so. The rules and requirements outlining the protocol for obtaining the license, will be available by September 08, 2017.
For the duration of time between now and the implementation of the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program, patients — including minors and their parents/guardians — will be entitled to an affirmative defense in the event they choose to seek marijuana prior to the commencement of the Ohio Medical Marijuana Program, on condition the patient has a written recommendation from a physician certifying that the patient meets the medical criteria outlined by HB 523.
* Please note: On the recommendation of the State Medical Board of Ohio, physicians are advised to consult private legal counsel and/or employers for interpretation of the legislation, prior to participating in the OMMCP.
Please be sure to visit our site frequently to get the most up current information as it pertains to the Ohio medical marijuana program.
Ohio Medical Marijuana Program: Qualifying Conditions
As per the legislature of HB 523, patients diagnosed with one of the following debilitating medical conditions, qualify for the State’s Medical Marijuana Program:
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also know as Lou Gehrig’s disease
chronic traumatic encephalopathy
inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
chronic, severe, or intractable pain
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
sickle cell anemia
spinal cord disease, or injury
traumatic brain injury
Ohio Medical Marijuana Program: Possession and Cultivation Regulations
House Bill 523, legally allows for a maximum of a 90-day supply of medical marijuana — the specifics of which have yet to be specifically defined, and will be outlined in the rulemaking process.
* Please note: Smoking is NOT an approved method of delivery, as per HB 523. As per Ohio’s medical marijuana law, “Only the following forms of medical marijuana may be dispensed under this chapter: oils, tinctures, plant material, edibles, patches”