Medical Marijuana Resources

On September 8, 2016, ​House Bill 523, legalized medical marijuana in Ohio. The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program allows people with certain medical conditions, upon the recommendation of an Ohio-licensed physician certified by the State Medical Board of Ohio, to purchase and use medical marijuana.

The State Medical Board is responsible for certifying physicians to recommend medical marijuana and may add to the list of qualifying conditions for which medical marijuana can be recommended.


Under Ohio law, only the following are qualifying medical conditions:

  • AIDS

  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

  • Alzheimer’s disease

  • cachexia

  • cancer

  • chronic traumatic encephalopathy

  • Crohn’s disease

  • epilepsy or another seizure disorder

  • fibromyalgia

  • glaucoma

  • hepatitis C

  • Huntington's disease

  • inflammatory bowel disease

  • multiple sclerosis

  • pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable

  • Parkinson's disease

  • positive status for HIV

  • post-traumatic stress disorder

  • sickle cell anemia

  • spasticity

  • spinal cord disease or injury

  • terminal illness

  • Tourette syndrome

  • traumatic brain injury

  • ulcerative colitis



Click here to view conditions submitted during the petition period the board has determined are already covered by an existing qualifying condition in the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP).



The petition submission period to add qualifying conditions closed on December 31, 2021.

Pursuant to Ohio Administrative Code 4731-32-05, the petition must detail:

(1) The name and contact information for the person submitting the petition.

(2) The specific disease or condition requested to be added as a qualifying condition;

(3) Information from experts who specialize in the study of the disease or condition;

(4) Relevant medical or scientific evidence pertaining to the disease or condition;

(5) Consideration of whether conventional medical therapies are insufficient to treat or alleviate the disease or condition;

(6) Evidence supporting the use of medical marijuana to treat or alleviate the disease or condition, including journal articles, peer-reviewed studies, and other types of medical or scientific documentation;

(7) Letters of support provided by physicians with knowledge of the disease or condition. This may include a letter provided by the physician treating the petitioner, if applicable.


Click here to view previously submitted petitions.


Next Steps

The State Medical Board of Ohio received 10 petitions during the 2022 submission period. The board determined the following petitions will move forward for expert review:

  • irritable bowel syndrome (0183)

  • obsessive compulsive disorder (0184)

  • autism spectrum disorder (0185)

The board's Medical Marijuana Committee met on May 10 to review the expert reports and hear testimony regarding the use of medical marijuana for irritable bowel syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. After a discussion, the committee voted to recommend the full board approve the petition for irritable bowel syndrome and reject the petitions for autism spectrum disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. 

The committee's votes are not the final determination for the petitions; the full Medical Board will discuss the petitions and make a decision during an upcoming monthly board meeting. 

Board agendas, including agendas for the Medical Marijuana Committee, will be available on the board’s website.

The next condition petition window will be November 1 – December 31, 2023.


Physician Subject-Matter Experts

If you are a physician interested in becoming a subject-matter expert for the board that reviews materials submitted in support of petitions click here.


CTR Physician Annual Report

The CTR physician survey fulfills Ohio Revised Code 4731.30 and Ohio Administrative Code 4731-32-03 which require Ohio physicians holding an active Certificate to Recommend medical marijuana to submit an annual report. Each year, the board publishes the findings of the survey in the CTR Physician Annual Report, providing insight into CTR physician practices. 


Standard of Care

All physicians with an active CTR must follow the full list of requirements in Rule 4731-32-03 Standard of Care in the Ohio Administrative Code.



  • If you are a physician and want to complete a Certificate to Recommend (CTR) application, click here

  • If you are a patient or caregiver and want to obtain a recommendation for medical marijuana, click here for a roster of physicians who hold a CTR.

  • OMMCP Helpline 1-833-4OH-MMCP (1-833-464-6627)

    • ​The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program Toll-Free Helpline responds to inquiries from patients, caregivers and health professionals regarding adverse reactions to medical marijuana, and provides information about available services and additional assistance as needed.

  • For questions about your CTR, email

  • For technical difficulties accessing the Registry, call the Appriss Help Desk at 1-833-276-0100.

  • The Medical Board’s rules (Ohio Administrative Code) for the qualifying conditions can be found here:

  • Additional resources can be found on the medical marijuana website

  • FAQs

  • CTR eNews

  • CTR Annual Report

  • VIDEO For Physicians: How to Register Patients and Caregivers

  • VIDEO For Patients: Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program Overview