The Ohio Medical Marijuana Program’s patient and caregiver registry opened Monday.
People with qualifying conditions for medical marijuana can register to receive marijuana products, said Grant Miller, education and outreach coordinator for the Ohio Board of Pharmacy. Miller said the registry opened Monday with the expectation that a good portion of the marijuana dispensaries, cultivators and processors will be operational within 60 days.
“The patient registration is a key part of the program, and therefore it really has to come before anyone is able to visit any licensed entity or byproduct,” he said.
Miller said the pharmacy board decided it was a reasonable timeframe for people to apply for the registry. There are 56 dispensaries licensed in the state, but none are operational. One is nearing final inspection. The program missed a Sept. 8 deadline, and the new expected statewide availability is expected for early 2019.
How to register
Applicants first need to get recommended for medical marijuana from a medical doctor certified by Ohio. Currently, there are seven physicians certified to recommend medical marijuana in Lorain County. People can receive recommendations outside the county as well. There are 336 certified physicians in the state.
Government-issued, unexpired identification — such as a driver’s license, a passport or a state ID — will be needed when visiting the doctor. If the patient is a minor, the caregiver also will have to register.
After a certified doctor has recommended the applicant, the doctor’s office will add their name to the state registry. Once entered, they’ll receive an email to access the registry and confirm their information. Patients will have to pay an annual fee of $50 for the medical marijuana card, while caregivers pay $25.
How to use the card
People can download or print a copy of their card to use medical marijuana. When visiting a dispensary, patients can show their government-issued ID with either the card that’s downloaded on the user’s cell phone or a printed version of the card. The card can be used only in Ohio, and no card from other states can be used in Ohio. Anyone registered to use medical marijuana in another state has to re-register for Ohio.
The qualifying medical conditions that are allowed to be treated using medical marijuana are HIV/AIDS; Alzheimer’s disease; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS; cancer; chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE; Crohn’s disease; epilepsy or another seizure disorder; fibromyalgia; glaucoma; hepatitis C; inflammatory bowel disease; multiple sclerosis; pain that is chronic and severe or intractable; Parkinson’s disease; post-traumatic stress disorder; sickle cell anemia; spinal cord disease or injury; Tourette’s syndrome; traumatic brain injury; and ulcerative colitis.
For more information or to find a certified doctor to recommend medical marijuana, visit www.medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov or contact the toll-free helpline at (833) 464-6627, or by email at MMCPRegistry@pharmacy.ohio.gov.