Patient Information

Becoming an Ohio Medical Marijuana Patient. 

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Getting Started

The first step towards eligibility in the Ohio Medical Marijuana Program is to make an appointment with a Certified Physician.

An evaluation with a certified physician is required at least once per year. The cost of the evaluation may vary from physician to physician. Appointments may be in person or have a telemedicine alternative.

Once the patient is registered with the state, they should receive an email with a link to their Medical Marijuana Registry Account where they will complete their registration and pay the required fee.  The annual cost of a medical marijuana registration is $50 for patients and $25 for caregivers. Patients who qualify for indigent or veteran status may be eligible for fee reductions and should discuss this with their CTR Physician during their evaluation.


Most recommendations are written for 12 months. The recommendation start date begins on the same day that the recommendation was written.

The Medical Marijuana Card is valid for one (1) year and requires renewal annually. The start date for a medical marijuana card registration begins on the same day that the fee associated with the card was paid on the Registry website.

Ohio does not currently accept medical marijuana registry cards from out-of-state.

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Qualifying Conditions 

There are currently 25 qualifying conditions used to determine a patient’s eligibility for participating in the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program. Certified physicians may recommend medical marijuana only for the treatment of a qualifying medical condition listed below.


  1. AIDS 
  2. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  3. Alzheimer’s Disease
  4. Cachexia 
  5. Cancer
  6. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
  7. Crohn’s Disease
  8. Epilepsy or another seizure disorder 
  9. Fibromyalgia
  10. Glaucoma
  11. Hepatitis C
  12. Huntington’s Disease
  13. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  14. Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  15. Pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable; including Arthritis, Chronic Migraines, and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  16. Parkinson’s disease
  17. Positive status for HIV,
  18. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  19. Sickle Cell Anemia
  20. Spasticity
  21. Spinal Cord Disease or Injury
  22. Terminal Illness
  23. Tourette Syndrome
  24. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  25. Ulcerative Colitis
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Registering with Indigent or Veteran Status (& Qualifications)

To receive a discount on registration fees on behalf of a Veteran patient (these are also the documents needed for Vet Status with the Board of Pharmacy):

Submit (any of) the following documents:

  • Department of Defense ID Card
  • Veterans ID card from the VA

Veteran discharge status must be honorable, general, general under honorable conditions, or discharge or release under conditions other than dishonorable.

Veteran and Indigent

To qualify for Indigent Status:

Patients are enrolled in federal SSI or SSDI disability programs or receiving monthly disability or other state retirement benefits.  

Renewing Your Card 

In the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program, patients renew their registration by completing a two-step process. 

Patients will receive an automated email from the Registry with a link to renew their registration. 

Patients will have to log into the Registry themselves, as detailed later in this document.



Patients need to receive a new recommendation from their recommending physician.



After the new recommendation is issued, the “RENEW CARD” button will appear in the Registry account, and the patient can complete the renewal process.

Once they log into their Registry account, patients can click the red button labeled “RENEW CARD” to renew their registration. 

Caregivers must also renew their registration with the Ohio Medical Marijuana Registry. 

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