Basics of the Ohio Law
Ohio passed a law to legalize medical cannabis in 2016 through House Bill 523. The law allows qualifying patients to possess a 90-day supply of marijuana. The amount is to be determined. Cultivation is not allowed. Ohio residents who wish to obtain cannabis for medical use will be required to submit an application packet that includes a written recommendation from a physician verifying that they suffer from one or more qualifying medical conditions. It has yet to be determined if you can use medical marijuana ID cards from other states to obtain Ohio cannabis.
Fees and rules regarding patients will be determined during the rulemaking process.
The Ohio Medical Board is required to complete the rules by September 8, 2017.
Any patient who needs assistance with obtaining or administering cannabis can designate a caregiver. Rules and fees regarding caregivers will be determined during the rulemaking process.
Rules for physicians for the Medical Marijuana Program in Ohio are currently under development. The Ohio Medical Board is required to complete the rules by September 8, 2017.
Qualifying Medical Conditions
In-order-to qualify as a cannabis patient in the state of Ohio a resident must suffer from one or more qualifying medical conditions. These conditions include cancer, glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s disease, Crohn’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, traumatic brain injury, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, sickle cell anemia, spinal cord disease and injury, Tourette’s syndrome, cachexia or severe weight loss, chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, severe or persistent muscle spasms, Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and severe or chronic pain. If you need more information about the law or licensing process visit the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program website.