Physicians who wish to recommend medical cannabis under HB 523 must complete register with the state. The state is currently developing regulations regarding:

  • The procedures that a physician must follow when applying for a certificate to recommend;
  • The conditions that must be met to be eligible for a certificate to recommend;
  • The schedule and procedures for renewing a certificate to recommend;
  • The reasons for which a certificate to recommend may be suspended or revoked;
  • The standards under which a certificate to recommend suspension may be lifted; and,
  • The minimal standards of care when recommending treatment with medical marijuana.

In the meantime, physicians may issue complete paperwork for patients seeking eligibility for the affirmative defense. The written statement must include confirmation that: (1) the patient and physician are in a bona-fide relationship, (2) the patient has a qualifying condition, (3) the physician has examined the prescription history of the patient from the past year, (4) the physician has discussed the benefits and potential risks with the patient, and (5) the physician agrees that the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks.

You can find out more on the Ohio MMP website.

Out of State Patients:

The State of Ohio does not recognize out of state patient registrations. For more information about traveling as a medical cannabis patient, please check out our Travel Guide.

Home Cultivation:

Growing cannabis at home is not permitted in the state of Ohio.