As discussed previously on this blog, the use of marijuana for medical purposes has been legalized in Ohio to help treat and ease the symptoms associated with a number of qualifying conditions. As of now, there are 21 conditions that qualify for treatment. However, someone who has a qualifying condition cannot just walk into a dispensary and ask for medical marijuana-an Ohio medical marijuana card is needed to do so.

If someone has one of the qualifying conditions, they can schedule an appointment with a certified medical marijuana doctor to discuss one’s medical issues and treatment history. If the condition is approved, the doctor will likely provide a signed recommendation after the appointment that can be submitted to the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy, along with the registration fee. Once the person is entered into the registry, an Ohio medical marijuana card will be emailed to the qualifying patient.

The medical marijuana card gives the person holding it all the rights and benefits associated with patients under the current laws. This means he or she can access the specific dispensaries located throughout the state and can provide it as proof that he or she can legally possess, transport and consume medical marijuana products. It might also be possible to use one’s card in other states in the near future.

Knowing and following the requirements is essential to ensuring one’s card is legally enforceable. Not all doctors can write recommendations to receive a card and this can limit one’s ability to get the products he or she needs to alleviate their conditions.