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How To Obtain a Medical Marijuana Card


In 2016, Governor John Kasich created the state's Medical Marijuana Control Program. Under this program, patients who qualified could legally obtain medical marijuana with a physician’s recommendation.

In order to legally use medicinal marijuana in Ohio, patients first need a medical marijuana card.

Medical Marijuana in Ohio

In many aspects, getting a medical marijuana card follows a similar process as getting prescription medication. To get a card, you must:

  1. Schedule a virtual or in-office appointment over the phone or online with a state-certified medical marijuana doctor.
  2. Arrive at your scheduled appointment and discuss your condition with your doctor and explain why you believe you would benefit from medical marijuana.
  3. If your doctor approves of you getting a card, you’ll typically receive an email from the Ohio Board of Pharmacy containing your card.

Who is Eligible for a Medical Marijuana Card?

In order to be eligible for a medical card, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older. If you’re under 18 years of age, you would require an assigned caregiver who is at least 21 years old.
  • Be affected by one of the qualifying conditions.
  • Show proof of your Ohio residency.
  • Have met with and been approved by a certified Ohio Marijuana Card doctor.

What Conditions Qualify for a Medical Card?

Ohio recognizes more than two dozen qualifying conditions.

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Cachexia, wasting syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Pain (Severe/Intractable)
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
  • Epilepsy (Seizures)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Spasticity
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Terminal Illness
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Ulcerative Colitis

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