Frequently Asked Questions

Patients and Caregivers


Forms & Methods


Cultivating, Processing and Testing

  • How can I become a cultivator?

    All parties that are interested in obtaining a cultivator license should first become familiar with the cultivator and general rules under Chapter 3796 of the Administrative Code. The next step in the process is to complete and submit an application. A copy of the rules, application forms and instructions can be found on the Medical Marijuana Control Program website: http://medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov

  • What is the cost of obtaining a cultivator license?

    The cultivator licensing fees are non-refundable and are as follows:

    Level I Level II
    Application fee $20,000 $2,000
    Initial license fee $180,000 $18,000
    Annual license renewal fee $200,000 $20,000
  • How many cultivators will be licensed by the Department of Commerce?

    The Department of Commerce may award up to 12 Level I cultivator licenses and up to 12 Level II cultivator licenses prior to September 9, 2018.

    Level I cultivators are permitted to operate an initial marijuana cultivation area up to 25,000 square feet. Level II cultivators are permitted to operate an initial marijuana cultivation area of 3,000 square feet. Licensees may submit an expansion request pursuant to the cultivator rules.

  • How was the number of cultivators determined?

    We consulted with industry experts and reviewed comments from the public regarding the potential patient population and supply of medical marijuana, as well as the number of cultivators needed to meet the demand for medical marijuana. The proposed number of cultivator licenses will promote competition and proficiency in meeting the demand for medical marijuana in order to provide patients with a safe, consistent supply of medical marijuana.

  • How do I get an application to become a cultivator?

    The application period is now closed.

  • What were the application acceptance periods?

    Level II cultivator applications were accepted June 5-16, 2017, and Level I cultivator applications were accepted June 19-30, 2017.

  • Are applicants from economically disadvantaged groups required to comply with the financial requirement?

    Yes. While HB 523 requires preferential consideration for applications for licensees in four disadvantaged groups, this consideration does not replace or waive the financial requirements.

  • Who can operate a testing laboratory?

    For one year following the date on which the Department of Commerce begins accepting applications, licenses issued to conduct laboratory testing of medical marijuana will only be granted to institutions of higher education that are public, located within the state of Ohio, and have the resources and facilities necessary to conduct testing in accordance with the rules. After this one-year period, the Department will issue licenses to qualified private testing labs.

  • What is the cost of obtaining a testing laboratory license?

    The laboratory application fee is $2,000 and the certificate of operation fee is $18,000; a laboratory annual license renewal fee is $20,000.

  • How many testing laboratories will be licensed by the Department of Commerce?

    There is no limit to the number of testing laboratory licenses that may be awarded by the Department.


Dispensaries


Physicians

  • 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: OAC 4731-32-03

  • 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, 2018 – Dec. 31, 2018 as the first submission period for petitions to add a qualifying medical condition to the Medical Marijuana Control Program. PETITIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED BEFORE NOV. 1, 2018. During the 2018 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.

  • MAY A LICENSEE OF THE MEDICAL BOARD (LIKE A MASSAGE THERAPIST) USE PRODUCTS CONTAINING CBD OIL?

    No. Ohio law does not authorize any Medical Board licensee to possess medical marijuana in the course of his or her practice. This includes the application of massage oils and creams containing cannabinoids, including THC or CBD.


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


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.