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Register Online with Leafwell
It’s quick and easy! Plus all of your data and medical records are secure on our state-of-the-art telemedicine platform. This consultation fee is $149 for an examination on Leafwell’s telemedicine platform, subject to change.
Discuss Medical Marijuana with Your Doctor
Most appointments take 15 minutes or less. Our recommending physician will submit the patient’s name to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy Medical Marijuana Patient and Caregiver registry following their recommendation for medical marijuana.
Receive an Email from the State Website
Within three business days, you’ll receive an email from the Ohio program from which you can begin your application. No certificate is provided or needs to be uploaded.
Get approved for a Card with the State of Ohio
You will receive your Ohio MMJ card via email as soon as you pay the state card fee. Please note that it is the state that will be emailing you, not Leafwell.
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Benefits of Getting an Ohio Medical Card
Having a valid, physician-approved medical cannabis certificate and medical marijuana card is the only way to legally consume cannabis in Ohio.
About Medical Marijuana in Ohio
Ohio has decriminalized adult use and possession of cannabis, but it is still illegal. Only those with a valid medical marijuana certificate can legally purchase and consume cannabis in Ohio.
Whilst Ohio became the 6th state to decriminalize possession of small quantities of cannabis, some municipalities have relaxed their laws even more in a step towards embracing recreational cannabis in the future. Here are some states who have made progress in this direction:
- Toledo: Voted to depenalize misdemeanor cannabis offenses in 2015 – no fines or jail time for possession or cultivation under 200 grams and possession of paraphernalia.
- Dayton: Eliminated all penalties for possession of up to 100 grams in 2018.
- Cincinnati: Eliminated all penalties for possessing up to 100 grams of cannabis except in public use cases in 2019.
- Columbus: Reduced the penalty to a $10 fine for possession of up to 100 grams and a £25 fine for between 100 and 200 grams in 2019.
- Cleveland: Eliminated penalties for possessing up to 200 grams of cannabis in 2020.
Regardless of where you are in Ohio, you can get a medical marijuana card online with Leafwell.
Information for Caregivers
Caregivers must be aged 21 or over.
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
- Chronic Pain, Muscle Pain and Other Types of Pain
- Hepatitis (Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C)
Possession and Growing
With your Ohio medical marijuana card in hand, you’ll be able to access any of the dispensaries and legally purchase marijuana products for medical use.
Patients and caregivers are permitted by law to possess up to a 90-day supply of medical marijuana, to be determined by the physician. Per state law, a patient who purchases a 30-day supply from their first dispensary trip would be limited to no more than a 60-day supply of medical marijuana until 90 days after the initial purchase.
Smoking is not an approved method of delivery, as per HB 523. As per Ohio’s medical marijuana law, "Only the following forms of medical marijuana may be dispensed under this chapter: oils, tinctures, plant material, patches". Vaping is allowed.
The form of ingestion must not seem attractive to children, so this means no sweets and bright colours can be sold.
In light of Covid-19 and an increase in medical cannabis demand, the ordering processes have been adapted. Patients can now purchase MMJ in two 45-day windows rather than having to wait for 90 days. These orders can also be taken over the phone and arranged for curbside pickup to allow for safe social distancing practices. It is possible that these practices will continue after the pandemic too.
Holding an MMJ Card is the only way to ensure legal protection. Remember, cannabis remains federally illegal. This also means that insurance companies will not cover costs.
Individuals 21 and older can serve as a caregiver for no more than two medical marijuana patients. Each patient can have up to two caregivers.
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.
At the moment, Ohio does not recognize another state’s medical marijuana card. However, Ohio is working to develop a reciprocity program with states that recognize an Ohio medical marijuana identification card.
Some states accept out-of-state Medical Marijuana Cards. This is called reciprocity. The following states accept out-of-state medical cannabis cards:
- Alaska ^
- Arkansas *
- California ^
- Colorado ^
- Hawaii *
- Oklahoma *
- Oregon ^
- Puerto Rico
- Rhode Island
- Washington ^
- Washington D.C.
States marked with * require visitors to complete a visiting patient application for the duration of their stay.
States marked with ^ have adult use programs but do not accept out-of-state cards.
However, except for recreational states, it is not necessarily always possible to visit and purchase from a dispensary with an out-of-state card. Some may allow it, but we advise phoning ahead of time before visiting.
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The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Medical Marijuana Card
Telehealth services like Leafwell make it easy to get a medical marijuana card, but meeting with a cannabis doctor is only the first part of the process.
What Is It Like to See a Medical Marijuana Doctor?
What is it like to see a medical marijuana doctor? Learn more about the process, and what to expect during your Leafwell visit, in our guide.
Frequently asked questions in Ohio
How much does an Ohio Medical Marijuana certificate and card cost?
Medical marijuana certificate on its own = $149 at Leafwell
State application fee = $50.00 for Patients & $25.00 For Caregivers. Patients who qualify for indigent or veteran status may be eligible for fee reductions.
Renewal fee = $149
Plus, now you can sign up with a friend and each save 10% on your consultation with Leafwell.
What medical conditions qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in Ohio?
In Ohio, the following conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana certificate and card:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease
- Chronic, Severe or Intractable Pain
- Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
- Crohn’s Disease and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBDs)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson’s Disease (PD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- Spinal Cord Disease or Injury
- Tourette’s Syndrome (TS)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Ulcerative Colitis
What do I need to know about applying for my Medical Cannabis Card in Ohio online?
There are four simple steps to seeing a Leafwell provider in Ohio:
- Register with Leafwell and speak to an Ohio licensed physician online.
- Get approved and receive an email from the state within 3 business days.
- Complete the application on the Patient & Caregiver Registry using the provided link.
- Download your medical card and legally purchase cannabis from a licensed dispensary.
How old do I have to be to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Ohio?
You must be at least 18 years of age in order to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Ohio. Caregivers must be 21 years of age.
Can I be/have a caregiver for a medical marijuana patient in Ohio?
Yes, medical marijuana patients in Ohio can have a caregiver. Registry Identification Cards: All patients and caregivers wishing to obtain medical marijuana must receive a state-issued medical marijuana patient ID card.
Individuals 21 and older can serve as a caregiver for no more than two medical marijuana patients.
Each patient can have up to two caregivers.
Patient and Caregiver Registration: 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.
Due to the new temporary guidelines set by the Board of Pharmacy due to COVID-19, caregivers can now submit their own Caregiver Registration application directly to the state board as well. However, this option is only available to patients who are already active in the registry.
Registration Fees: The annual registration fee for a patient is $50. The registration fee for caregivers is $25. Veterans receive a 50% discount on this registration fee.
Minors: Patients under the age of 18 are required to have a parent or legal representative serve as their caregiver.
To apply as a caregiver, follow this process:
- Have an online medical marijuana evaluation with a licensed physician at Leafwell.
- 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.
- The doctor sends off this recommendation to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, who contacts the patient and caregiver to collect their registration fees.
- After this point, patients and caregivers have access to every Ohio medical marijuana dispensary.
How do I apply for the state program in Ohio?
Before you start, have these supporting documents ready:
- An email from the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (see step 1)
- Credit or Debit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover)
Getting Your Ohio Medical Marijuana Card
- Once your Leafwell physician has entered your details into the registry, you’ll receive an email from email@example.com with the subject line "Ohio Medical Marijuana Registry User Activation."
- Click the link and follow the instructions to create your Registry password – note, you can only click the link once! If you attempt to click it more than once, you will be given an error message. If you need your email sent again, please send your name and date of birth to MMCPRegistry@pharmacy.ohio.gov so your email can be re-sent.
- Create your registry password and choose your timezone
- Review the information provided by your Leafwell Physician
- Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if any information is incorrect
- Click Activate Card and submit your registration fee
- Download and print your card
- Click the ‘Download’ button and save your card to your computer or cell phone
- You can either print out this document in hard copy or have it visible on your cell phone to show the medical marijuana dispensary
- Purchase your medical marijuana products
- You will need to show your medical cannabis card (in digital or printed format) and a valid form of photo identification every time you purchase medical marijuana from an Ohio dispensary.