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Ohio Medical Marijuana Info for Children, Veterans, & Terminally Ill

Ohio medical marijuana for children

A true way to heal - for patients of all ages.

Some people are surprised to learn that medical cannabis is an option for children. For kids with epilepsy, cancer and other conditions, anecdotal evidence shows support for its benefits. 

At Verilife, we believe that no one should have to suffer when a medication that can help relieve their symptoms exists—least of all children. That’s why we advocate for access for everyone, including kids, and ensure that we bring the real information about its potential to help.

How to get a medical marijuana card for a qualifying child living in Ohio

  • Be certified by an Ohio physician who is certified to recommend medical marijuana and who can certify that the minor has a qualifying condition
  • A legal resident of Ohio with proof of residency*
  • Consent for treatment with medical marijuana is obtained from the minor's parents or another person responsible for providing consent to treatment
  • Have a parent or legal representative serve as their caregiver who is 18 years or older

If a prospective patient is younger than eighteen years of age, a patient registration submission must be accompanied by a caregiver registration submission before it will be considered complete. 

*You may apply for an Ohio ID card for your child at any deputy registrar location.

Info for Ohio veterans 

The challenges of life after military service can be difficult to navigate, and we're here to help. From the potential to alleviate the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to provide an alternative to opioids for chronic pain, medical marijuana holds numerous possibilities to help the many men and women who have served this country.

Veterans can obtain medical marijuana the same way as other patients. Veterans need to confirm through the office of Veteran Affairs that they are permitted to use medical marijuana as part of their certified provider recommendation without consequence to their current position or health care system.

Veterans seeking to qualify for a reduced registration fee due to their veteran status should not submit payment for their registration fee until their status, or the status of the patient they are associated with is approved by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy.

The registration fee may be reduced once the Board receives necessary documentation and approves the special status. The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy will not issue any refunds for registration fees paid before special status approval.

For more information refer to the State of Ohio quick reference guide on registering with veteran status

Ohio medical marijuana for the terminally ill: Expedite your application

Making you comfortable.

Persons diagnosed with a terminal illness with a life expectancy of six months or less may seek a medical marijuana certification.

Applications submitted by an applicant diagnosed with a terminal illness shall be approved or denied within ten business days. To qualify for registration as a patient diagnosed with a terminal illness, the prospective patient's registration submission shall include with the registration submission, an attestation specifying that the patient has a terminal illness, submitted by the patient's recommending physician.

The registration of a patient who is registered as someone who is terminally ill shall be valid from the date of issuance and expire after six months.

To apply, visit your certified physician

Patients will also need to bring a valid ID, such as an Ohio driver’s license, an Ohio identification card issued by the Ohio BMV, or a U.S. passport. Not all physicians are certified; they must have an active Certificate to Recommend from the State Medical Board of Ohio. To find a physician with a CTR, here is a list.

Once a physician enters a patient into the registry, the patient will receive an email prompting them to log in to their profile in the patient registry. There, patients and caregivers can complete the application and pay the fee of $50 - $25 for caregivers. After receiving the card, patients and caregivers may purchase medical marijuana from an Ohio dispensary licensed by the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy.

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