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

  • 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

  • spinal cord disease or injury

  • Tourette’s syndrome

  • traumatic brain injury

  • ulcerative colitis


Petitions


The next petition submission period to add qualifying conditions will be November 1 - December 31, 2021.

Click here to view previously submitted petitions.

 

Next Steps


On February 10, 2021 the board’s Medical Marijuana Committee met and voted to recommend to the full board to reject petitions that did not meet requirements and confirmed petitions that should move forward for expert review and public comment. Later this year, the board will decide if they should be added to the list of conditions which can qualify patients to participate in Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program.

The State Medical Board of Ohio will consider adding the following as qualifying conditions for Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program:

  • Autism (2 petitions)

  • Huntington’s Disease

  • Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia

  • Restless Leg Syndrome

  • Spasticity and Spasms

  • Terminal Illness (2 petitions)

The petitions for restless leg syndrome, Huntington’s disease, spasticity and spasms and terminal illness will move forward for expert review as the committee felt they met the requirements for consideration and were not previously considered.

Petitions for autism and anxiety were rejected by the board in 2019 and 2020. During their deliberation on February 10, 2021, the committee agreed that the petitions for autism and panic disorder with agoraphobia met the requirements of new scientific information outlined in Ohio Administrative Code 4731-32-05. They will move forward for consideration; however the board will serve as its own expert.

Written public comment on these conditions will be accepted February 11 – February 26, 2021. Anyone may submit comments by emailing MedicalMarijuana@med.ohio.gov.

Read the full announcement here.

 

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.

 

Resources


  • 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 MedicalMarijuana@med.ohio.gov.

  • 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: http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4731-32-05.

  • 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