Frequently Asked Questions

General

When will the Medical Marijuana Control Program start?
The Ohio Department of Commerce and the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy are required by law to take all actions necessary to ensure that Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program is fully operational no later than September 2018. At that time, there will be an established structure for Ohioans with a qualifying medical condition to obtain a recommendation for medical marijuana, purchase medical marijuana from a licensed dispensary, and consume medical marijuana.
Why will it take two years to get Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program up and running?
The process to stand up the Medical Marijuana Control Program must be thoughtful and deliberate to ensure the safety of the public and to promote access to a safe product. Administrative rules are under development and will follow the process outlined in Chapter 119 of the Ohio Revised Code, including review by the Common Sense Initiative and the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review. In the case of the State Medical Board of Ohio and the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy, rules must also receive input and approval from their respective appointed boards.

The state of Ohio is committed to an open and transparent process when setting up the regulatory framework for medical marijuana. This website will serve as a central resource for regular updates and opportunity to provide input on rule development and program implementation.

Is there help available for those who are misusing or abusing medication or other drugs?
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, call 877-275-6364 for information and a referral. Talk with your children about the importance of living healthy, drug-free lives – visit StartTalking.Ohio.gov for information and resources.

Forms & Methods

Forms & Methods FAQs

Cultivating, Processing and Testing

Cultivator FAQs

Processor FAQs

Testing Laboratory FAQs

Dispensaries

Dispensary FAQs

Physicians

Physician FAQs

Patients and Caregivers

Patients and Caregiver FAQs

Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee

What is the Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee?
The Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee is coordinated by the Board of Pharmacy. It is responsible for developing and submitting to the Department of Commerce, Board of Pharmacy, and Medical Board any recommendations related to the Medical Marijuana Control Program. Its membership is appointed by the Governor, Senate President and Minority Leader of the Ohio Senate, and Speaker and Minority Leader of the Ohio House of Representatives.

The Committee consists of the following 14 members:

  • Two members who are practicing pharmacists, at least one of whom supports the use of marijuana for medical purposes and at least one of whom is a member of the Board of Pharmacy;
  • Two members who are practicing physicians, at least one of whom supports the use of marijuana for medical purposes and at least one of whom is a member of the State Medical Board;
  • A member who represents local law enforcement;
  • A member who represents employers;
  • A member who represents labor;
  • A member who represents persons involved in mental health treatment;
  • A member who is a nurse;
  • A member who represents caregivers;
  • A member who represents patients;
  • A member who represents agriculture;
  • A member who represents persons involved in the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction; and,
  • A member who engages in academic research.
When does the committee meet?
The committee will be appointed and begin meeting in the fall of 2016. Meeting notices will be made available on this website prior to each meeting.

Questions for Employers

How does this affect workers’ compensation?
For more information about how medical marijuana affects workers’ compensation, consult information on the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation website at https://www.bwc.ohio.gov/downloads/blankpdf/MedMarijuanaImpact.pdf