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How to Get an Ohio Medical Marijuana Card

Step-by-Step Guide to Join the Ohio Medical Marijuana Registry

If you’re interested in obtaining a medical marijuana card in Ohio, Verilife is here to guide you through the process. Every medical-use state has its own program and set of regulations, so make sure to follow our Ohio-specific guide below.


Ohio Medical Marijuana Qualifications

Before you begin the medical cannabis application process in Ohio, make sure you meet the following requirements:

  • At least 18 years old OR a minor with an adult caregiver
  • A legal resident of Ohio with proof of residency
  • A diagnosis from a physician who is certified to participate in Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program

Step 1: Visit an Approved Ohio Physician

Visit a physician who is approved by Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program and obtain certification that you suffer from one of the serious medical conditions that qualify for medical cannabis use. The physician will create your profile in the program’s Patient & Caregiver Registry and submit your proof of residency.

If you do not have a valid ID issued by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles with your current Ohio address, you must submit three of the forms of additional identification.

The list of acceptable documents can be found on the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program website.

Step 2: Create Your Registry Password

Once you have been approved for the program, you will receive an activation email with a link to your online portal within the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program website. This link will remain active for 90 days after receipt, and it can only be accessed once. After clicking the link, you will be prompted to create your registry password.

After you are able to access your online patient portal, you will need to review the following information to ensure accuracy:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Residential address
  • Valid and correct phone number

This information will be accessed and reviewed during each dispensary visit, so it’s important that it is correct.

Step 3: Submit Your Ohio Medical Marijuana Registration Fee

To activate your medical cannabis card, you will need to submit the $50 registration fee. This can be done through your patient portal.

Step 4: Get Your Ohio Medical Card

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy no longer issues physical medical cannabis cards. Once you pay your registration fee, you will be able to print your card and begin visiting dispensaries.

Step 5: Your First Ohio Dispensary Visit

As soon as you have your official medical cannabis card, you can visit any state-licensed dispensary in Ohio.

Have questions? We’ve got answers

No matter your level of comfort or knowledge with medical marijuana, we can help answer your questions. Our friendly cannabis sales consultants are happy to talk.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I find a physician certified to recommend medical cannabis in Ohio?

Click here to find a physician who has been certified by Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program to recommend medical cannabis.

What ailments are on the Ohio medical marijuana list of conditions? 

The list of qualifying conditions for a medical card in Ohio can be found on the State Medical Board of Ohio website.

How do I register as a caregiver in Ohio?

All caregivers must be registered by the patient’s certifying physician, then approved by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy. Click here for more information on how to register as a patient caregiver.

How long will it take to receive my Ohio medical marijuana card?

The patient certification process can take 2-3 weeks to complete. Once you are approved for a medical cannabis card and you pay the registration fee, you will be able to print your card immediately.

How much does a medical cannabis card cost in Ohio?

Patients must pay $50 every year for a medical cannabis card. Caregivers must pay a $25 annual registration fee.

How much medical cannabis can I purchase during my dispensary visits?

A patient and their designated caregiver may purchase up to a 90-day supply of medical cannabis products. This amount is dictated by the certifying physician.

Can I visit multiple dispensaries in one day?

There is no limit in Ohio to the number of dispensaries you can visit per day. However, dispensaries will have a record of how much medical cannabis a patient has purchased that day, and they will not dispense more than the state-allowed amount.

How often do I need to renew my medical cannabis card?

The Ohio medical cannabis program requires patients to renew their certification every year.