House Bill 523, effective on September 8, 2016, legalizes medical marijuana in Ohio. The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program will allow people with certain medical conditions, upon the recommendation of an Ohio-licensed physician certified by the State Medical Board, to purchase and use medical marijuana.
While the legislation set a basic framework for the program, it left the task of establishing specific rules and guidelines for the cultivation, processing, testing, dispensing and medical use of marijuana to different state agencies. This site is designed to keep Ohioans informed about the development of Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program, including important timelines in the rule-making process and the announcement of opportunities for public input.
STATEMENT ON PATIENT IDENTIFICATION CARDS
In response to a number of inquiries from Ohio residents on how to obtain a medical marijuana patient card or "affirmative defense" card, please note that no patient identification cards are being issued by the state of Ohio's Medical Marijuana Control Program (MMCP) at this time. The only valid state ID cards will be issued by the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy once the state's patient registry becomes available no later than September 2018. For more information, the MMCP has established a patients and caregivers webpage that can be accessed here. Individuals can also sign up for automated email updates (including up-to-date information on patient ID cards) below.