What Is An Ohio Medical Marijuana Card?


With the overwhelming evidence supporting medical marijuana's potential to improve qualify of life for Ohio residents, State lawmakers passed House Bill 523 in the summer of 2016. The passage of this law made medical marijuana legal everywhere across the great state of Ohio, and it established the rules governing the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OOMCP). 


What Conditions Qualify For A Medical Marijuana Card In Ohio?


The Ohio Medical Board has approved the use of medical marijuana to help treat and alleviate the symptoms associated with a variety of medical conditions and ailments. In total, there are currently 21 conditions eligible for treatment with medical marijuana, and the State Medical Board has left open the possibility of adding more conditions in the future.


What Ailments Qualify For Medical Cannabis in Ohio

Patients in Ohio diagnosed with one of the following severe, debilitating, or life-threatening medical conditions, are afforded legal protection under the Ohio medical marijuana law, as per House Bill 523 — “The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program”:

  • Alzheimer’s disease

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease

  • Cancer

  • Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

  • Crohn’s Disease

  • Epilepsy

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Glaucoma

  • Hepatitis C


  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

  • Chronic, severe, or intractable pain

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Parkinson’s Disease

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Sickle Cell Anemia

  • Spinal Cord Disease, or injury

  • Tourette Syndrome

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Ulcerative Colitis


I Have A Qualifying Medical Condition, Now How Do I Get Approved?


If you are currently living with one of the conditions listed above, then you are eligible for treatment with medical marijuana in Ohio. However, before you can walk into dispensaries and purchase medical marijuana, you will need an Ohio medical marijuana card. The easiest way to obtain one is through our services here at Resilience Health Systems. 



What Is An Ohio Medical Marijuana Card?


An Ohio medical marijuana card (sometimes referred to as an "affirmative defense" card) is simply the patient identification card that you will receive from the State Board of Pharmacy once you've been registered as a medical marijuana patient in the state of Ohio. With your card in hand, you'll have all of the legal rights and benefits granted to patients under the State's medical marijuana laws. 


The card itself will look similar to any other identification card you might have. It will have your picture on it, your address, and a unique patient identification number. More importantly, an Ohio medical marijuana card provides you with the following benefits: 


  • Ohio Marijuana Dispensary Access

    • ​​With your Ohio medical marijuana card in hand, you'll be able to access all 60 dispensaries located throughout the state and purchase medical marijuana. These state-licensed marijuana dispensaries will carry many forms of medical marijuana in varying strengths and potency. You will be able to buy products such as tinctures, oils, creams, dry flower and plant material for vaporizers, and edibles.  

  • Legal Protection

    • Your Ohio Marijuana Card makes it easy for you to demonstrate to law enforcement that you are registered with Ohio's Medical Marijuana Control, and thereby allowed to possess, transport, and consume medical marijuana products.

  • Access To Other States

    • In the near future, you might be able to use your Ohio medical marijuana card in other states that have their own medical marijuana programs. This will depend on the Board of Pharmacy's ability to establish reciprocity agreements with other states, in which out-of-state dispensaries would accept Ohio patients, and Ohio dispensaries would accept out-of-state patients. There should be more news about whether an agreement like this is put in place in the near future. 

How To Get Approved For An Ohio Marijuana Card


If you are living with a qualifying condition, or you believe you have one of the conditions listed above, then you'll need to schedule an appointment with a certified medical marijuana doctor to obtain your Ohio marijuana card. At the appointment, you and the doctor will discuss your medical condition(s) and treatment history. It is helpful for the doctor if you can bring any relevant medical records documenting your qualifying condition. By bringing your medical records to the appointment, you significantly increase the likelihood of receiving a recommendation from the doctor. 


Assuming the doctor is able to confirm your qualifying condition, you'll receive a signed recommendation following your appointment. The doctor's signed recommendation will then be submitted to the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy. You submit a $50 registration fee to the Board of Pharmacy. They enter you into the patient registry. After your submission, you will receive your Ohio medical marijuana card in the mail (or via email).


Why do I need an Ohio Medical Marijuana Card?


An Ohio Medical Marijuana Card is used to demonstrate that your name has been added to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Registry by a certified physician. With this card, you can:


1. Buy marijuana from dispensaries

2. Possess marijuana in the State of Ohio

3. Consume marijuana in the State of Ohio


Where To Find Medical Marijuana Doctors In Ohio


Unfortunately, not all doctors are able, or willing, to recommend medical marijuana to patients in Ohio. Right now, there are only a handful of physicians certified to recommend medical marijuana, so it can be challenging to find a doctor that will help you out. This can be extremely frustrating for patients that have been eagerly waiting for years to access medical marijuana in Ohio. But you don't have to worry any longer. All Resilience Health Systems office locations, found in every major city throughout Ohio, are staffed with compassionate doctors that are certified to recommend medical marijuana! We make it easy, simple and stress-free for patients to get approved for medical marijuana.


Am I guaranteed to get approved for medical marijuana after visiting your office?


We can’t guarantee approval for anyone, as the doctor is the only person that makes the determination whether or not a patient qualifies. To make it more likely that you receive approval from the doctor, we recommend that you bring as much information as possible to your appointment regarding your medical condition and past treatments.


Cost of initial consultation and face to face medical evaluation with a Resilience Health Systems Ohio Board Certified Medical Marijuana Physician. 


Initial consultation is $50 non-refundable charge

*Please bring a Ohio issued photo ID card

*Bring 1 or more medical record proof from you physician with 1 of the qualifying conditions (dated within the last 12 months).

*Complete all provided patient forms.



Second visit with the physician for your medical evaluation and consultation is $230Veterans receive $30 off the second visit. Payment must be received before the appointment will be scheduled with the physician.


Upon approval by the physician for your qualifying condition the following will be issued and completed:

*Your picture will be taken for your Ohio Medical Marijuana Card

*Receive your first Medical Marijuana Defense prescription document.

*Your information uploaded in the State of Ohio system for regulatory and compliance with the Ohio Pharmacy Board. 

Schedule Now With Resilience Health Systems to obtain your Ohio Marijuana Card


Resilience Health Systems understands that the medical marijuana laws in Ohio can be confusing, so we take all of the guesswork out of it for our patients. Our friendly support staff will carefully walk you through the entire process, from helping you collect your medical records before your appointment, to submitting your recommendation to the State Board of Pharmacy after the appointment. 


Schedule Your Appointment Today by filling out the scheduling form below or calling 216-261-NEWU (6398).



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