NOTICE

In order to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program staff will be working remotely until further notice. Please be advised that it may take longer than usual to receive a response.

If you need to contact the program for any reason, please use the Contact page and a staff member will reply to your email as soon as possible. The program’s toll-free helpline is also available to report adverse reactions to medical marijuana and respond to general inquiries about the program: 1-833-4OH-MMCP (1-833-464-6627)

Patients, caregivers, and dispensaries should also be aware that the offices of the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy will be closed to the general public during this time. Patients and caregivers needing assistance should use the toll-free helpline or the program’s Contact page. Dispensaries should continue to communicate through their assigned compliance agent.

Cultivators, processors, and testing laboratories should continue to communicate through their assigned compliance agent. Many of our staff will be teleworking for the next few weeks in an effort to stop community spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We ask for your patience as we respond to your needs through our remote network. Please try to avoid in-person visits to our offices and connect with us via phone call or email. For non-business hours, which means before 8:00AM and after 5:00PM, MMCP Commerce licensees, please use (614) 728-1239. An MMCP representative will be in contact within 24 hours after the licensee provides a detail messaged. This line is for licensed cultivators, processors, and testing laboratories only.

For coronavirus updates from the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program, click here.

Programs

Physicians

I am a patient looking for a doctor to recommend medical marijuana for me:
  • Physicians who wish to recommend medical marijuana in Ohio must have an active Certificate to Recommend (CTR) from the State Medical Board of Ohio. If your current doctor does not have an active CTR, you can find a certified physician here.
I am a physician wishing to recommend medical marijuana:

Overview for Physicians
Click Here

How to Apply for a CTR
Click Here

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • WILL MEDICAL MARIJUANA BE AVAILABLE TO MINORS?

    Yes. However, a physician holding an active certificate to recommend may recommend treatment with medical marijuana only after obtaining the consent of a parent or another person responsible for providing consent to treatment.

  • WILL CHILDREN NEED AN ID CARD TO BECOME A MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENT?

    Yes, both the patient and the patient’s caregiver will need an official, unexpired ID to present to the recommending physician before they can enter the individuals into the Patient & Caregiver registry. Valid forms of ID: a state driver’s license; a US Passport; an identification card issued by the Ohio Bureau of Motor vehicles. These BMV cards can be issued to minors and adults who do not have a driver’s license.

  • WHO CAN APPLY FOR A CERTIFICATE TO RECOMMEND (CTR) MEDICAL MARIJUANA?

    Applicants must hold an active, unrestricted MD or DO license from the State Medical Board of Ohio. Additionally, applicants will need to complete at least two hours of continuing medical education that will assist in diagnosing qualifying conditions, treating those conditions with medical marijuana and possible drug interactions. Full requirements for a certificate to recommend outlined in Ohio Administrative Code 4731-32-02.

  • WHERE CAN A PHYSICIAN FIND THE QUALIFYING CME TRAINING?

    Only medical marijuana CMEs approved by the Ohio State Medical Association and the Ohio Osteopathic Association meet the requirements for a certificate to recommend. OSMA has posted information on its website; OOA will be sharing additional information soon.

  • HOW OFTEN SHOULD A CTR PHYSICIAN SEE A PATIENT RECEVING MEDICAL MARIJUANA?

    Physicians will need to see their medical marijuana patients in-person at least once per year. It is imperative that physicians recommending with their CTR follow the medical board’s Standard of Care Rule for the medical marijuana control program. Click here to read all the requirements in the rule.

  • WHAT ARE THE QUALIFYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS THAT MAY BE TREATED WITH MEDICAL MARIJUANA?

    Certified physicians may recommend medical marijuana only for the treatment of a qualifying medical condition. Under Ohio law, all of the following are qualifying medical conditions: AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy or another seizure disorder, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, 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, spinal cord disease or injury, Tourette’s syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and ulcerative colitis.

  • HOW CAN NEW QUALIFYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS BE ADDED?

    The State Medical Board of Ohio established Nov. 1, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2019 as the first submission period for petitions to add a qualifying medical condition to the Medical Marijuana Control Program. NO PETITIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED BEFORE NOV. 1, 2019. During the 2019 submission period, all petitions should be filed electronically through the State’s website, medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov. 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

    Under Ohio law, all of the following are already identified as qualifying medical conditions: AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy or another seizure disorder, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, 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, spinal cord disease or injury, Tourette’s syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and ulcerative colitis.