Ohio Medical Marijuana Cards now exist
Yesterday, I received notice that the Ohio Medical Marijuana Program has activated the patient registry. This means that our patients will now be able to download and print their medical marijuana registry cards and that the Ohio dispensaries will be open in 60 days.
If you are one of our patients already you will receive an email by tomorrow with specific updates on how to get your card. You will be able to get it immediately or we can wait to register you until closer to the opening of the dispensaries so that you can get more use from your card, which expires one year after you register.
If you are new to the process or wondering what, exactly, the opening of the registry means, I will outline the process below. As always, please remember that I am a physician and not an attorney. Any aspects of the law that are unclear to you, please contact the Ohio Medical Marijuana Program. They are very helpful by phone.
Now that the registry is open, you may see an Ohio physician who has a certificate to recommend medical marijuana and if you qualify, that physician can now register you with the Ohio automated prescription reporting system as a new medical marijuana patient. Once your doctor has done this, you will receive an email that allows you to complete the registration and download your card. There is a $50 payment to the state required at the time you complete your registration.
We have completed the process for one patient and it worked well. There are several things that are unclear about the process however, and I am hoping to get clarification from the Ohio Medical Marijuana Program today. First, it requires the physician to specify a number of refills for the patient’s 90 day supply. It is unclear what happens after these refills are used up because the registration process does not require the physician to specify the quantity of marijuana that they are recommending. When I get a better understanding of this process, I will update this post.
Below are some general guidelines about purchasing a 90 day supply.
Here are the 90-day equivalents of each type of product:
Up to 8 ounces of cannabis at or below 23 percent THC
Up to 5.3 ounces of cannabis between 23 percent and 35 percent THC
Patches, lotions, creams, and other topical forms of medical cannabis totaling no more than 26.55 grams of THC.
Up to 9.9 grams of THC from cannabis oil, tincture, capsules, and other edible forms.
Oil for vaporization containing up to 53.1 grams of THC