ohio's program

Ohio's Medical Marijuana Control Program

(MMCP) was passed with bi-partisan support and signed by Governor Kasich in 2016, making Ohio the 25th state in the nation to pass a comprehensive medical cannabis program at the time.


The MMCP strikes an intricate balance. It allows patients with serious qualifying medical conditions to access this natural medication under the guidance of certified doctors. Yet it also requires doctors and licensed operators to establish compliance with one of the most robust regulatory regimes in the country, spanning topics from safety and quality assurance, to detailed operational and financial controls. Patients who put their trust in us deserve no less. 


In order to participate in the program, patients must have at least one of 21 qualifying medical conditions and must be registered with the Ohio Board of Pharmacy. Doctors must be certified by the Ohio Medical Board to recommend medical cannabis, and must take annual continuing education courses.


A brief summary of the doctor recommendation and patient registration process is below. Please consult with your own medical providers and the MMCP as to your specific situation and current program information.

the patient is an Ohio resident and has been diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition
a bona fide physician patient relationship is established by: (a) an in-person physical exam; (b) review of the patient’s medical history, and (c) there is an expectation of providing care and receiving care on an ongoing basis
the physician reviews the patient’s 12-month report from the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS)
  • AIDS
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Cancer
  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)
  • 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 (PTSD)
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Spinal cord disease or injury
  • Tourette's syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Ulcerative colitis
Ohio currently recognizes the following 21
qualifying medical conditions:

Within 90 days of providing a recommendation, the patient’s doctor must register the patient with the Ohio Board of Pharmacy.

The MMCP allows patients to purchase medical cannabis in the form of oils, tinctures, plant material, edibles, and patches. While the purchase of flower products for use with certain approved herbal vaporizers is permitted, any smoking or combustion of medical cannabis is not.

Patients are limited to purchasing a 90-day supply of medicine within each 90-day period of their recommendation. In addition, the THC content of products has been capped to limit potential complications and side effects. Plant material may not have THC content greater than 35% and extracts may not have THC content greater than 70%.

Patients should be able to purchase medical cannabis by September 2018. Find out how to register as a Patient or Physician with the State of Ohio.

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