A Step-by-Step Guide for Getting Your Ohio Medical Marijuana Card

Interested in getting your Ohio medical marijuana card but don't know how or where to begin? Don't worry: Elevate's got you covered. Here's a quick step-by-step guide to getting your MMJ card in the Buckeye State.

  1. See a medical marijuana doctor. Elevate Holistics has same-day appointments available with compassionate MMJ doctors online.
  2. After your doctor visit, check your email for a link from the Ohio Medical marijuana (OHMM) Patient Registry. 
  3. Register on the OHMM Patient Registry. 
  4. Pay the patient fee for your Ohio medical marijuana card.
  5. Visit a dispensary!

Read on for more details on each step to your MMJ patient ID.

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How to get an Ohio medical marijuana card

Do You Qualify for a Medical Cannabis Card in Ohio?  

To be approved for a patient medical card, you must be:

  • At least 18 years of age (or a minor with an adult caregiver and physician certification)
  • A legal resident of Ohio with proof of residency
  • Diagnosed with one of the qualifying conditions
  • Recommended for medical marijuana by a certified to recommend (CTR) Ohio physician who has diagnosed you with a qualifying condition  

Qualifying Medical Conditions 

  • AIDS
  • Alzheimer’s disease 
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Cachexia (added by Medical Board on 7/8/2020)
  • Cancer
  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy or another seizure disorder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • 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 (PTSD)
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Spinal cord disease or injury
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Ulcerative colitis

Step 1 — Visit a Certified MMJ Doctor

See a CTR physician to recommend you for medical marijuana. The easiest and most secure way is through a telehealth appointment with Elevate Holistics. You’ll need to provide your valid ID (Ohio driver’s license, state ID, or U.S. passport). Once they confirm that you have a qualifying condition, they will create your profile in the Patient and Caregiver Registry. 

Check your email for an activation link to the Patient Registry where you will create an account. The activation link will be active for 90 days. However, you can only click on it once. After that, you will use the sign-in portal at the Ohio Medical Marijuana Registry. 

Step 3 — Register at the OHMM Portal

All patients and caregivers must register with the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy. Your email automatically becomes your username, so you will only need to create a password and select your time zone. Once you do this, complete the application in your patient profile. You will return to the Patient Registry Portal whenever you want to login after this point.

Step 4 — Pay for Your Patient ID

Once you register, pay the $50 annual patient fee for your Ohio medical marijuana card (patients with indigent and veteran status may qualify for reductions). After you receive your card, you can visit dispensaries and purchase medical cannabis products. 

Step 5 — Visit an Ohio Medical Marijuana Dispensary

After receiving your Patient and Caregiver Registry card, you may purchase medical marijuana from an approved Ohio dispensary approved by the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy. The following links provide information on dispensaries who have received a certificate of operation: 

List of Ohio Medical Marijuana Dispensaries with Certificates of Operation 

Map of Ohio Medical Marijuana Dispensaries with Certificates of Operation 

Dispensary staff can assist you in finding the type and dose of product for your condition. Only patients with an active registry card, an active recommendation, and their associated government-issued ID can purchase medical marijuana.

Ohio Medical Marijuana Card Cost

The annual cost of a medical marijuana registration is $50 for patients and $25 for caregivers. Patients who qualify for indigent or veteran status may be eligible for fee reductions. Find more information about registering with indigent or veteran status.

Telemedicine for Medical Card Recommendations

On March 18, 2020, the State Medical Board of Ohio decided to allow telehealth visits because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This will allow physicians with a CTR to use telemedicine in place of in-person visits to make recommendations and renewals for medical marijuana. Not only does this keep patients shielded from exposure to coronavirus, it’s a more compassionate way to ensure that all patients have access to medicinal cannabis. Many patients aren’t physically able to leave their homes or don’t feel comfortable due to reasons related to their medical conditions. Some live in rural areas and find it inconvenient to have to drive to a doctor’s office. 

Elevate for Compassionate Medical Marijuana Doctors

Whether you’re seeking Ohio medical marijuana for pain, PTSD, or any of the other qualifying conditions, our certified MMJ doctors specialize in patient evaluations and will treat you with the compassion you deserve. Our process is convenient and secure, so you can get approved quickly with no hassle. Book a same-day telehealth appointment and knock out the first step to obtaining your Ohio medical marijuana patient card, all from the comfort of your home.

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