Cannabis Laws in Ohio Cannabis Laws

Ohio decriminalized cannabis in 1975. It also has a medical marijuana program. However, recreational use is not yet legal in Ohio. Find out more about the current laws here.

  • Decriminalized and Medical Program

Medical Cannabis Laws in Ohio

2016 – Medical Marijuana Legislation HB 523

John Kasich signed House Bill 523 to legalize the medical use of cannabis in Ohio
The bill set up a rulemaking process under which a “state-run or licensed system of growing facilities, testing labs, physician certification, patient registration, processors, and retail dispensaries” was established.
Cultivation of cannabis and ingestion by way of smoking are prohibited under the law, which permits use only in edible, oil, vapor, patch, tincture, or plant matter form.

Telehealth for Cannabis in Ohio

Telehealth is legal for medical cannabis consultations in Ohio. You can see a compassionate and friendly medical marijuana physician online with Leafwell today.

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Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis Patients in Ohio

Cannabis Laws and Children in Ohio

You must be aged 18 or over in order to qualify for a medical marijuana card for yourself. Those under 18 years-old may qualify as minors if they have a caregiver. Caregivers must be 21 years of age. A patient can have no more than 2 caregivers, and a caregiver cannot look after more than two medical marijuana patients.

The recommending physician, or a physician delegate, must submit the caregiver and patient’s name to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy medical marijuana patient and caregiver registry following their recommendation for medical marijuana.

Nothing in Ohio’s medical marijuana law requires schools to permit students to use medical marijuana on campus. In fact, the only mention of schools in the law is to ban the establishment of a medical marijuana dispensary within 500 feet of a school.

Cannabis Possession Limits in Ohio

  • For medical card holders = Up to a 90-day supply of medical marijuana, amount to be determined by the physician. Smokeable products are not permitted.
  • For recreational users = Illegal

Cannabis Cultivation Laws in Ohio

It is illegal to grow cannabis in Ohio.

Cannabis and Gun Laws in Ohio

It is illegal to own a firearm or ammunition and a medical marijuana card at the same time.

Cannabis and Employment Law in Ohio

There is nothing in Ohio’s medical marijuana law that prohibits or limits an employer’s right to drug test employees for marijuana, require a drug free workplace, or impose discipline or discharge an employee violating an employer’s policies

Local Cannabis Laws in Ohio

2015 – Toledo residents voted 70%–30% to depenalize misdemeanor cannabis offenses, with no fines and no jail time for: possession or cultivation of under 200 grams, possession of hashish under 10 grams, possession of paraphernalia, and gifts of under 20 grams.
2018 – Dayton residents voted 73%–27% to approve an advisory referendum urging city leaders to decriminalize cannabis. City commissioners then voted unanimously in January to eliminate all penalties for possession of up to 100 grams.
2019 – Cincinnati City Council voted 5–3 to eliminate all penalties for possession of up to 100 grams of cannabis except in cases of public use.  Columbus City Council also voted unanimously to reduce the penalty to a $10 fine for possession of up to 100 grams and a $25 fine for between 100 and 200 grams.
2020 – Cleveland City Council voted 15–2 to eliminate penalties for possession of up to 200 grams of cannabis.

Bellaire (2016),] Logan (2016), Newark (2016), Roseville (2016), Athens (2017), Fremont (2018), Norwood (2018), Oregon (2018), Windham (2018), Bremen (2019), Nelsonville (2019), Northwood (2019), Plymouth (2020), Adena (2020), Glouster (2020), Jacksonville (2020), and Trimble (2020) all have cannabis decriminalization ordinances.