THIS LISTING IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.
Ohio Medical Cannabis Laws:
Effective September 8th, 2016, in accordance with House Bill No.523, the use of medical marijuana will be authorized for Ohio patients with qualifying conditions. Ohio will also form the Medical Marijuana Control Program.
Ohio Marijuana Qualifying Conditions:
In order to be considered for the Ohio Medical Marijuana program, patients must be diagnosed with one of the following qualifying conditions:
-Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis(ALS)
-Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
-Epilepsy or another seizure disorder
-Inflammatory Bowel Disease
-Pain that is either Chronic and severe or Intractable
-Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
-Sickle Cell anemia
-Spinal cord disease or injury
-Traumatic Brain injury
How Do I Become a Medical Marijuana Patient in Ohio?
If you’re an Ohio patient looking to use medical marijuana or are a caregiver looking to aid a patient, you need to apply to the State Board of Pharmacy for Registration with a certified marijuana doctor submitting the application on your behalf. All applications shall include:
1). A doctor statement that certifies a bona fide patient-doctor relationship.
2). Identification of the patient’s qualifying medical condition (see above).
3). The physician’s request of the patient’s most recent twelve months of medical history from the drug database.
4). That the physician has informed the patient of the benefits/risks of medical cannabis and that the benefits outweigh the risks.
5). The names of the caregiver that may assist a patient, or the list of patients a caregiver will seek to assist once certified.
The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy shall establish rules of patient and caregiver registration, a maximum ninety-day supply of medical cannabis in patient possession, specific paraphernalia, and accessories, and the issuance of patient and caregiver identification cards.
(For information on the protective rights of Ohio Medical Marijuana Patients, see: Ohio Medical Marijuana Dispensaries)
How do I Become a Marijuana Doctor in Ohio?
The State Board of Pharmacy will establish no later than one year after effective date the procedures for physicians and doctors to apply for a certificate to recommend, renewal procedures, and minimum standards of care regarding Ohio medical marijuana.
A doctor seeking to recommend treatment with medical marijuana shall apply to the State Medical Board for a certificate to recommend. Renewals may be granted along with a renewal for a physician’s certificate to practice.
A physician with a certificate to recommend may recommend medical marijuana if:
1). The patient has been diagnosed with a qualifying condition.
2). A bona fide patient-doctor relationship has been established.
3). The doctor has conducted an in-person physical exam and reviewed the patient’s medical history.
4). There is an expectation of ongoing care, and the doctor has requested and reviewed a twelve-month report of the patient from the drug database.
A written recommendation issued to a patient is valid for no more than 90 days and may be renewed by the physician no more than three times. After, the physician may issue another recommendation upon a physical examination of the patient.
Ohio medical marijuana doctors must annually complete at least two hours of medical education in medical marijuana.
Ohio medical marijuana doctors in compliance with Ohio law are not subject to criminal prosecution for advising a patient about the benefits/risks of medical cannabis, recommending medical marijuana treatment, or monitoring patient’s treatment with medical marijuana.
The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy will establish a program to assist veteran patients or those facing financial hardships obtain registration.
Proposed Ohio Cannabis Doctor Offices:
Ohio medical marijuana doctors will diagnose qualifying Ohio medical marijuana patients in Toledo, Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Parma, Youngstown, Canton, Lorain, and more to come throughout Ohio.
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