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Who Can Approve Someone for Medical Marijuana?


Medical marijuana has been approved for 21 conditions in Ohio, but how do patients obtain a license? If you don’t know the answer to this question, you’ve come to the right place.

Who Can Approve Someone for Medical Marijuana in Ohio?

In Ohio, the only people who can approve patients for medical marijuana use are registered doctors. The State Board of Ohio approves doctors who are then registered to recommend medical marijuana to patients. Therefore, only state-approved doctors can approve patients to use medicinal marijuana.

Getting Registered

Once a potential user identifies a state-approved doctor, the two must enter into a patient-doctor relationship. The doctor will review the patient’s prescriptions over the past month to determine if medicinal marijuana will interact adversely with other drugs the patient is taking.

Additionally, the doctor must discuss the risks and benefits of cannabis use with potential patients to ensure they understand what they are going to take. The patient is then free to pick up to a 90-day supply of medical marijuana for personal use.

Who Can Use Medical Marijuana

At this point, medical marijuana only applies to 21 qualifying conditions in Ohio.

The 21 qualifying ailments include:

  • Cancer;
  • PTSD;
  • traumatic brain injury;
  • chronic or severe pain;
  • CTE;
  • Parkinson's;
  • Alzheimer's;
  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis;
  • Crohn’s disease;
  • epilepsy/seizure disorder;
  • fibromyalgia;
  • glaucoma;
  • hepatitis C;
  • inflammatory bowel disease;
  • multiple sclerosis;
  • sickle cell anemia;
  • spinal cord disease or injury;
  • Tourette’s; and
  • ulcerative colitis.

Are You Facing Medicinal Marijuana-Related Penalties?

Even though medicinal marijuana is legal, there are still plenty of ways to get in trouble for using. If you or a loved one are facing criminal penalties for using medicinal marijuana, our firm is ready to help!

Call (614) 707-4239 now for a free consultation for your marijuana-related case.