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).

 

Petitions


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 Medical Board received nine petitions for potential new qualifying conditions during the 2021 petition window. The Medical Board’s Medical Marijuana Committee is anticipated to meet February 9. At that meeting, the committee will decide which petitions will be considered. A final vote on new qualifying conditions is expected this summer.

Condition names as listed by the petitioners:

  1. Gilbert’s Disease

  2. Anxiety

  3. Degenerative Disk Disease, Chronic pain, PTSD

  4. Bi polar, Anxiety, Depression, Sleep Disorder

  5. Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)

  6. Insomnia

  7. Lupus

  8. Opioid Use Disorder

  9. Autism Spectrum Disorder

During the submission period (November 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021), petitions were filed electronically through the state’s website, medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov. Per Ohio Administrative Code 4731-32-05, a petition needs to include:

  • The name and contact information

  • Specific disease or condition requested to be added

  • Information from experts who specialize in the study of the disease or condition

  • Relevant medical or scientific evidence

  • Consideration of whether conventional medical therapies are insufficient to treat or alleviate the disease or condition

  • Evidence supporting the use of medical marijuana to treat or alleviate the disease or condition and other types of medical or scientific documentation

  • Letters of support provided by physicians

Petitions that meet the requirements of OAC 4731-32-05 will proceed and be reviewed by subject matter experts. Petitions submitted for the same condition will be combined for the reviews. Any petition for a condition that has been previously reviewed by the board and rejected will not be considered by the board unless new scientific research that supports the request is offered.

The board’s committee will review the expert reports and then make a recommendation to the full board for a vote to adopt/deny a petition to add the qualifying condition under review. A full board vote is expected in summer 2022.

The Medical Board’s rules (Ohio Administrative Code) for the qualifying conditions can be found here: http://codes.ohio.-gov/oac/4731-32-05.

The next condition petition window is scheduled for November 1 – December 31, 2022.

 

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