Covid-19 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. Click here for more information.

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) RESOURCES

For more information on the state’s efforts to address coronavirus, visit www.coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

MMCP STAFFING

In an effort to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program staff will be working remotely until further notice. MMCP staff will be conducting business as usual; however, responses may take a longer than normal. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this public health event.

GUIDANCE FOR PATIENTS & CAREGIVERS

TEMPORARY EXPANSION OF CAREGIVER REGISTRATION

In order to expedite the caregiver registration process and reduce exposure to higher risk patients during the COVID-19 outbreak, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy issued guidance for caregiver registration that authorizes a patient to have up to three caregivers. Additionally, the guidance permits caregivers to be added by submitting an application directly to the Board of Pharmacy. This guidance, along with the Board’s new Caregiver Registration Application, can be accessed here.

PHOTO IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

In order to address patient access and closures of BMVs around the state, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy has adopted the following guidance on photo identification requirements. This guidance can be accessed here.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENT AND CAREGIVER REGISTRATION EXTENSION

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ohio General Assembly passed, and Governor Mike DeWine has signed, HB 404, which extends the expiration date of patient and caregiver registrations. If a patient or caregiver’s registration card expires between March 9, 2020 and April 1, 2021, the expiration date has been automatically extended and the card will remain valid until July 1, 2021. As a reminder, a patient needs both a valid registration (e.g. patient card) and a recommendation to purchase medical marijuana in Ohio. HB 404 only extends the expiration of a patient’s registration, it does not extend the physician’s recommendation. Patients must still have a current recommendation from a physician who is certified to recommend medical marijuana.

In order to keep the recommendation expiration date and the registration expiration date on the same cycle, the Board strongly encourages patients and caregivers to make all reasonable efforts to renew their registration on or before the card’s original expiration date, rather than waiting until July 1, 2021.

If you do not renew at your regularly scheduled time, the expiration date on your registration card will NOT be updated. Rather, dispensaries will be notified to accept all cards with an expiration date between March 9, 2020 and April 1, 2021. Patients may also obtain a copy of a document confirming this extension here.

ODH COVID-19 GUIDANCE

Those most at risk for COVID-19 are older adults and those with serious chronic medical conditions. To help patients and caregivers during this time, the Ohio Department of Health has developed dedicated resources to assist families and individuals. These resources may be accessed here.

SALES TO PATIENTS AND CAREGIVERS OUTSIDE THE DISPENSARY DEPARTMENT (“CURBSIDE PICKUP”)

In order to reduce opportunities for patient and caregiver exposure during the COVID-19 outbreak, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy has adopted a resolution to permit medical marijuana dispensaries to temporarily conduct sales to patients and caregivers outside of the dispensary department. More information on this resolution can be accessed here.

ACCEPTING PHONE AND ONLINE ORDERS FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA

In an effort to further protect patients, caregivers, and dispensary employees during a public health emergency, the Board now permits a patient/caregiver to telephone a medical marijuana dispensary or place an online order for the sale of medical marijuana. This guidance can be accessed here.

GUIDANCE FOR DISPENSARIES

On May 17, 2021, the Ohio Department of Health amended its remaining health order to conform to the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, which allows those who have been vaccinated to stop wearing masks. Under the CDC's new guidance, those who have not been vaccinated should still wear a mask and socially distance. For more information, click here.

GUIDANCE FOR CTR PHYSICIANS

On March 18, 2020, the State Medical Board of Ohio met and voted to suspend enforcement of telemedicine regulations for licensees during the COVID-19 pandemic. This will allow physicians with a CTR to use telemedicine in place of in-person visits to make recommendations and renewals for medical marijuana.

CTR physicians are also encouraged to add caregivers for their medical marijuana patients, as many patients may be at higher risk for illness and should not be visiting dispensaries to purchase their medical marijuana. Caregivers may now be registered by the CTR physician without an in-person visit. However, caregivers will still be subject to review and processing by the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy before they are eligible for registration. Board staff will be working diligently to process new caregiver registrations as soon as possible.

Physicians must document their use of telemedicine and meet minimal standards of care. The Medical Board will provide advance notice before resuming enforcement of the above regulation when the state emergency orders are lifted.

Click here to view the current state and federal Telemedicine Guidance.

GUIDANCE FOR CULTIVATORS, PROCESSORS AND TESTING LABORATORIES