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How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card In Ohio
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.
Here’s our three-step process on how to get medical marijuana in Ohio.
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.
Elevate Holistics offers affordable and secure consultations with board-certified Ohio medical marijuana doctors, all from the comfort of home.
During your MMJ doctor’s visit, 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.
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 also pay your $50 registration fee at this point.
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.
Advantages of Choosing Elevate-Holistics in Ohio
- If you refer 5 friends or family members to book a consultation your Renewal is FREE! You’ll need to renew your certification in Ohio after 1 year.
- If you’re not approved by a doctor we’ll reimburse you the cost of your appointment. No questions asked.
- Our prices are the lowest among other options in the industry. If you see a lower price somewhere else, we’ll match it.*
*must share valid proof of lower price prior to appointment booking
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:
• Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
• Alzheimer’s disease
• Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
• Crohn’s disease
• Epilepsy or another seizure disorder
• Hepatitis C
• Huntington’s disease
• Inflammatory bowel disease
• Multiple sclerosis
• Pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable
• Parkinson’s disease
• Positive status for HIV
• Post-traumatic stress disorder
• Sickle cell anemia
• Spinal cord disease or injury
• Terminal illness
• Tourette syndrome
• Traumatic brain injury
• Ulcerative colitis
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.
What are the Benefits of Having a Medical Card in Ohio?
Having an Ohio medical marijuana card means far more than just getting your hands on some weed. Here are some of the biggest benefits of having a medical card in Ohio.
Access to Top-Shelf Marijuana
With your OH MMJ card, you get immediate access to the best marijuana strains carefully bred to provide ideal results.
The Ohio medical marijuana control program tests all marijuana plants and marijuana-infused products to ensure they are up to specified standards before being transported to the dispensaries.
Although the law does not allow Ohio dispensaries to accept MMJ cards from out-of-state patients, one of the benefits of getting a medical marijuana card in Ohio is that you might be able to use it in other states.
Ohio medical marijuana cards can be used in Washington D.C. and possibly in Michigan dispensaries. Some patients have also reported success using their Ohio cards in Nevada.
Having an Ohio marijuana card keeps you on the safer side of the law. If you encounter a law enforcement officer while having amounts within the possession limit, you can show them your card to indicate that you have an active registration with OH MMCP.
Your card is an indication that you have the right to possess, transport, and consume marijuana within Ohio.
How Much Does an Ohio Medical Marijuana Card Cost?
It only costs $50 to register with the Ohio Patient and Caregiver Registry, and this is an annual fee. On top of the $50 registration fee, you’ll have to pay for the cost of your appointment.
At Elevate Holistics, this costs just $130. However, other doctors can run you anywhere from $100-$250 for an appointment. In total, with Elevate, the cost of getting your Ohio MMJ card from start to finish is just $180.
We are a team who believes in the medical benefits of cannabis; but, we’re also keenly aware that a large percentage of the population doesn’t know where to start on their cannabis journey. This is why we promise to treat every patient with respect, compassion, and love.
We’re all on our own journey and we promise to respect yours.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The fee to register with the state and receive your Ohio medical card can be as low as $80.
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.
At Elevate Holistics, we offer affordable consultations that start at $75 — much lower than most other MMJ doctors in the country.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Things to Do in Ohio Once You’ve Enjoyed Your Medical Cannabis
After you’ve visited your favorite dispensary and have consumed your ideal dose of cannabis, what’s there to do in Ohio to enjoy your high? Plenty.
Visit Cedar Point
If you’re experienced in the world of weed and being out and about won’t stress you out, the perfect place to visit is Cedar Point. This amusement park is great for adrenaline junkies, and you can even enjoy some laid-back rides when you’re feeling ultra-chill.
Explore the Cleveland Museum of Art
This museum houses a diverse collection ranging from ancient artifacts to contemporary pieces — perfect for gazing at while you’re, well, blazed.
Experience the Beauty of Hocking Hills State Park
Whether you’re interested in hiking, biking, or taking a calm, Hocking Hills State Park has it all. Its calm nature and serene vibes make it a perfect destination post-smoke.
Have a Spa Day!
Did you know Ohio is home to some of the most relaxing, therapeutic spas in the country? Get high and head over to spa retreats like The Spa at Yellow Creek in Akron and Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills. Trust us, you won’t regret it.