Is Medical Marijuana Legal in Ohio?


The Ohio Right to Cannabis Amendment (a.k.a. House Bill 523) was passed September 8, 2016. 

What is The Ohio Right to Cannabis Amendment?

This program will allow people with certain medical conditions to purchase and consume medical marijuana.

Summary of the Legislation (full text is available here):

the Revised Code to authorize the use of marijuana for medical purposes and to establish the Medical Marijuana Control Program.


Ohio Marijuana Laws

The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy is responsible for implementing rules on the registration of medical marijuana patients and the licensure of medical marijuana dispensaries.

Contact Info:

Phone: (614) 466-4143

In order to receive medical cannabis, Ohio residents must be diagnosed with a qualifying condition by a certified physician.

Ohio’s Current Qualifying Conditions:

  • AIDS
  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • cancer
  • chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • epilepsy or another seizure disorder
  • fibromyalgia
  • glaucoma
  • hepatitis C
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • HIV+
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • sickle cell anemia
  • spinal cord disease or injury
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • traumatic brain injury
  • ulcerative colitis.

Things to Know About Being a Medical Marijuana Patient in Ohio:

  • There is no age limit: a certified physician must recommend, and a parent/guardian must consent
  • Patients may consume cannabis in these forms: oils, tinctures, plant material, edibles and patches
  • Products that appeal to children (edibles) are prohibited
  • Consuming marijuana via combustion (pre-rolls, etc.) is prohibited, but vaping is allowed
  • MMJ cards from other states are not accepted in Ohio
  • Patients need to register with the State Board of Pharmacy, which oversees Ohio’s medical marijuana program

How Do I Get Medical Cannabis in Ohio?

Though Ohio has approved 56 dispensary locations recently, policy advisers said the state will miss its September 8th, 2018 deadline to fully roll-out the state’s medical marijuana program.