Physicians Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can a patient obtain a recommendation for medical marijuana in the state of Ohio?

    The federal government prohibits doctors from being able to prescribe marijuana. Instead, patients must have a recommendation from a certified physician. Physicians interested in recommending the use of medical marijuana for patients must apply for a certificate to recommend from the State Medical Board of Ohio. The process for doing so is under development by the Medical Board, and information will be available on this website as it is available.

  • What rules are the Medical Board working on related to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program?

    House Bill 523 authorizes the State Medical Board of Ohio to adopt rules for the following:

    • 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.
  • When will we know more about the requirements for doctors wanting a certificate to recommend?

    As outlined by the legislation, the Medical Board is required to complete rules no later than one year after the effective date of the legislation, or September 8, 2017.

  • What is required of a physician to recommend medical marijuana now that House Bill 523 is effective?

    A physician is not permitted to issue a state of Ohio approved written recommendation to use medical marijuana until the physician has obtained a certificate to recommend from the State Medical Board of Ohio. Per Bill 523, the rules outlining the standards and process needed to obtain such a certificate to recommend will be developed no later than September 8, 2017. For more information, please visit the website for the State Medical Board of Ohio.

    As a way to protect patients and parents or guardians of minor patients who seek to use marijuana prior to the creation and implementation of all the administrative rules necessary to run the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program, HB 523 created an affirmative defense for certain marijuana-related crimes. According to the law, a patient, parent, or guardian can only raise an affirmative defense if they have, among other requirements, received a written recommendation from his or her doctor that certifies a certain number of criteria are met. The Board recommends that physicians consult with their private legal counsel and/or employer for interpretation of the legislation.

IMPORTANT DATES

Please note: The dates listed in this section reflect those specified in the law and are for informational purposes only. Rule adoption and program implementation may occur earlier than the dates specified.

Effective date of Ohio House Bill 523. HB 523 establishes the basic framework for Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program.

8Sep2016

Ohio law requires the State Medical Board of Ohio to adopt rules for physicians certified to recommend medical marijuana by this date.

8Sep2017

State licensure, registration, and certification required for Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program are operational. Ohio law requires the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program to be fully operational by this date.

8Sep2018