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Ohio Medical Marijuana FAQs

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Are you considering applying for an Ohio medical marijuana card but have questions about the process?

To help you make an informed decision, here is a list of Ohio residents’ most frequently asked questions about the use, possession, and sale of medical cannabis.

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What Are the Benefits of Having a Medical Card in Ohio?

Although recreational cannabis has been legalized, the state still needs to establish rules for licensing before adult-use sales can begin. Until then, having a medical marijuana card is the only way to purchase and consume cannabis in Ohio.

What Are the Requirements To Get a Medical Card in Ohio?

Prospective patients must visit a certified doctor who will verify their qualifying health condition. Once approved, the doctor will submit the patient’s data to the Patient & Caregiver Registry, where the registration can be completed.

Minors under 18 must have the consent of a parent or legal guardian and a registered adult caregiver to access and administer medical marijuana on their behalf.

What Conditions Qualify for a Medical Card in Ohio?

Patients with at least one of the following qualifying conditions may be eligible to receive a marijuana medical recommendation:

How Old Do You Have To Be To Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Ohio?

Adult patients must be 18 years and older. Minors under 18 are required to have parental or guardian consent to obtain a medical marijuana card.

Can You Get an Ohio Medical Card Online?

Yes, you can get an Ohio medical marijuana card online. Contact Leafwell today to start your application. Pay $99 for an appointment with a state-licensed physician, and receive a full refund if you’re not approved.

How Fast Can I Get an OH Medical Marijuana Card?

You can expect to receive your digital medical cannabis card about three days after registering in Ohio’s Patient & Caregiver Registry.

How Much Does a Medical Card Cost in Ohio?

Ohio does not charge a fee for medical marijuana cards for either patients or caregivers. Additional costs associated with certified physician visits can range from $175-$250, but with Leafwell, you can complete the process for only $99!

How Do You Get a Medical Card Without Medical Records in Ohio?

While medical records are not required for medical marijuana card approval, a certifying physician must be able to confirm the existence of at least one qualifying condition for your application to be approved.

During your consultation, your doctor will determine if your condition can benefit from medical marijuana treatment and discuss potential risks and side effects of cannabis use.

Can I Go to a Dispensary Without a Card in Ohio?

You can only enter a medical dispensary in Ohio with a registry card and a government-issued ID. Although recreational cannabis has been legalized, medical dispensary access remains restricted to registered cardholders.

Once recreational dispensaries are open and operating, adults 21 and older may go to a recreational dispensary.

How Do I Start My Ohio Medical Marijuana Card Renewal?

First, you must receive a new medical recommendation from your certified physician; then, you must re-register by renewing your registry card. It’s suggested that you renew your recommendation within 30 days before expiration. You will be able to renew your state registration on or after the first day of the month your registration expires. Leafwell’s team of professionals can help you renew your Ohio MMJ card for $99.

How Do I Become a Medical Marijuana Caregiver in Ohio?

A certified patient must notify their recommending physician of your intent to serve as their caregiver. Once their doctor creates your profile in the Patient & Caregiver Registry, you must complete the registration process online to be approved.

Can You Get a Medical Card With a Felony in Ohio?

Yes, whether you have a criminal record or are currently on probation, you can obtain a medical marijuana card in Ohio. However, certain precautions may be necessary for parolees who must submit to federal drug testing.

Ohio became the 24th state to legalize recreational cannabis when voters approved the Ohio Marijuana Legalization Initiative. However, the legislative measure will not go into effect until December 7, 2023, and licensing will likely begin in late 2024, meaning that recreational sales will be on hold for now.

For the time being, only medical marijuana patients will have access to purchase and consume cannabis from a licensed Ohio dispensary.

If you’re ready to apply for — or renew — your Ohio medical marijuana card, Leafwell can help. Our team of professionals will connect you with a certified physician, offering you the convenience of obtaining your recommendation from the comfort of your home!

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