How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card In Ohio During Covid-19
Medical marijuana became accessible to patients in Ohio in 2016 with the passing of HB 523. This bill specified 21 qualifying conditions that will allow patients to apply for a medical marijuana card.
Before a patient can apply for a card, however, a physician licensed by the Ohio State Pharmacy Board must first make a recommendation. Not all doctors in Ohio recommend medical marijuana as a treatment method. It is, therefore, important for patients to locate a physician that is not only licensed in the state of Ohio but is also registered with the state’s medical marijuana program.
Recently, adjustments had to be made to the state’s mandate on the use and distribution of medical marijuana due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As quarantine protocols are in place, the government of Ohio encourages people to look into telehealth services as an option.
Telehealth, also known as Telemedicine, is one of the services our team provides. Let one of our committed medical professionals assist you in getting your medical marijuana card. You should be able to complete your application with these five easy steps:
- Get Certified By A Registered Physician
The first requirement for applying to receive a medical marijuana card in Ohio is to look for a physician registered with the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program or OMMCP. Physicians registered with OMMCP have a “Certificate to Recommend” from the State Medical Board. This means that these doctors are licensed and authorized to give recommendations for medical marijuana treatment.
Only patients suffering from one of the qualifying conditions identified by the state’s medical marijuana program are eligible to apply for a medical marijuana card. These conditions include:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease
- Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
- Crohn’s Disease
- Hepatitis C
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Chronic, severe, or intractable pain
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- Spinal Cord Disease, or injury
- Tourette Syndrome
- Traumatic brain injury
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Any of the other qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana in the state of Ohio
During your medical consultation, you must present records of your medical condition, indicating your primary care physician’s diagnosis.
The registered medical cannabis doctor will then issue a recommendation, stating that you are qualified to apply for a medical marijuana card.
The same physician will fill out and submit the recommendation form and register your name into the Ohio Medical Marijuana Patient Registry.
Additionally, you must establish that you have a bona fide physician-patient relationship with the recommending physician.
If you are having difficulty finding an Ohio state-licensed physician registered with OMMCP, then we are here to help. You can schedule a consultation with our doctors simply by using your cell phone, tablet, or desktop computer.
We have registered, licensed medical practitioners who are highly trained in medical marijuana treatment programs. Our doctors will help you understand the health benefits and the risks associated with the use of marijuana as a form of treatment. If our doctors discover that you are qualified for a card, we will issue you a recommendation and provide support in completing your application.
- Complete Your Online Registration
Once your name has been entered into the registry, you will receive an email from OMMCP with a link and instructions to complete the application. Click on the link included in the email and complete your application.
To prove the legality of your residency in Ohio, additional documentation may be required. Submit any of the following documents:
- A valid Ohio driver’s license
- A valid Ohio identification card (issued through the state’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), or
- A valid U.S. passport or passport card
- Pay The Application Fee
After your registration, you will be required to pay a $50 application fee. Caregivers only need to pay $25. If you are a veteran or a patient under the federal disability programs (Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income), this fee is reduced to $25.
- Wait For Your Card
Once your registration has been completed, your application will be reviewed.
If you get approved, you will be added to the OMMCP Registry and will receive your medical marijuana card in two weeks via email. You may download this card and print it or save an electronic copy.
Your card is valid for one year.
- Visit A Dispensary
Congratulations! You can now use your card to make a purchase at authorized medical cannabis facilities.
Alternatively, a designated caregiver may buy the product for you and assist you with administration.
Currently, the state of Ohio only allows a patient to possess a 90-day supply of medical cannabis.
In response to the coronavirus outbreak, dispensaries are open for patients who need to buy their dose of medical marijuana. Also, patients may now authorize three caregivers. Caregivers, on the other hand, are allowed to serve up to three patients. The original state-mandated limit of patient-caregiver ratio is one patient to two caregivers, and two caregivers to one patient.
The state has also allowed parking lot pickups of medical cannabis products.
With the threat of COVID-19, the government of Ohio has directed citizens to stay at home. Medical marijuana has been deemed medically essential so we are happy to offer you alternative ways to access this treatment.
Book an appointment and speak with one of our registered physicians via telemedicine to complete your consultation and application while staying in the safety and comfort of your home.