The Medical Marijuana Control Act was enacted in 2016 by then-Governor John Kasich, but Ohio’s first pharmacy didn’t open until March that year.
Fortunately, the public has been patient with the delayed rollout of the program because, as marijuana enthusiasts know, slow burn results in a longer lasting and overall better experience. The wait was worth it.
The state has already opened 28 pharmacies across Ohio, each with a range of products, including flowers, tinctures, oils, topicals, and edibles made from a selection of cannabis strains with varying concentrations of THC and CBD, the two Components that patients use to control symptoms and get relief.
With the further introduction of the program, more pharmacies will be opened. Currently, 28 provisional licensees are still waiting for government approval before receiving their operating certificates for opening as a pharmacy.
Looking to go to a pharmacy in Ohio to buy medical marijuana? You must first be entered on the patient registry maintained by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy.
To do this, you need to follow a few important steps first.
1) See if you qualify
Medical marijuana is just that – medical. It’s not available to everyone.
There are 21 qualifying diseases in Ohio, including: HIV / AIDS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Alzheimer’s Disease, Cancer, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, Crohn’s Disease, Epilepsy or Other Seizure Disorders, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Hepatitis C, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Pain: Either Chronic, Severe, or Persistent (Difficult to Treat), Parkinson’s Disease, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Sickle Cell Anemia, Spinal Cord Disease or Injury, Tourette’s Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, Ulcerative Colitis .
Currently, over 42,000 people in Ohio can legally purchase medical marijuana. The majority of Ohioans who signed up for the program cite chronic pain, PTSD, fibromyalgia, and cancer as conditions for medical marijuana use.
At Soothe, a medical marijuana dispensary on N. Main St., Bowling Green, General Manager Mimi Gonzalez has treated a wide variety of patients and said, “We have many patients with serious health problems who come to us for advice to learn what varieties it will be. ” most effective in addressing these health concerns. “
If you are unsure whether your medical status is considered on the list, it is still worth moving on to the next step.
2) Visit a doctor
For entry in the state register, you need a doctor’s recommendation. The doctor must certify:
- There is an honest doctor-patient relationship.
- the patient has a qualifying illness.
- the doctor has discussed the benefits and risks of medicinal cannabis.
- The doctor checked the medical records in the state’s controlled substances database.
When visiting a doctor, both patients (adults and minors) and caregivers must bring an unexpired state driver’s license or ID card or US passport to the doctor’s office.
Caregivers certified by the state to transport medical marijuana for the benefit and use of a patient must be 21 years or older and in that capacity can serve a maximum of two patients. Patients can have up to two caregivers. Patients are not required to nominate a nurse, but a nominated nurse is a good option for patients who are disabled or otherwise have difficulty reaching a pharmacy.
According to information dated June 2019, there are 514 doctors across the state who are certified to recommend medical marijuana. You can find 22 doctors in Lucas County, four in Wood County, and just over 20 doctors in the surrounding areas.
Please Note: This list was compiled based on information available through the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program Online resource. It does not claim to be complete and may at the present time contain incorrect and / or outdated information. Physicians must have an active Certificate to Recommend (CTR) from the State Medical Board of Ohio. For more information, visit medical marijuana.ohio.gov.
John Biery: 2612 Herbstgrat Dr., Lima. 45801
Kurt Kuhlmann: 939 W. Market St. Suite 1. Lima. 45805
Mohamed Eldirani: 2366 Shawnee Rd. Lima. 45805
Rajbir Bajwa: 815 Despite St., Wapakoneta. 45895-1020
Alan Robbins: 306 Williams Street, Huron. 44839-1648
Anupam Jha: 1031 Pierce St., Sandusky. 44870
James Preston: 1621 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. 44870
Larry Robinson: 613 Cold Creek Blvd., Sandusky. 44870
Michael Hamilton: 423 Anchorage Cir., Huron 44839-1902
Robert Hill: 2500 W. Strub Rd.Suite 230. Sanduski. 44870
Susan Graham: 3703 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. 44870-5719
Timothy Sutton: 1610 Cleveland Road. W. Sanduski. 44870
Melissa Pifer: 128 Depotstr., Wauseon. 43567-1305
Brad Bundy: 1211 S. Main St., Findlay. 45840
Christian Jacobus: Bridge Home Health and Hospice: 15100 Birchaven Ln., Findlay. 45840
Harold Edmiston: 108 West Main St. Fayette, OH 43522
Joseph Lamancusa: 207 W. Wallace St., Findlay. 45840-1212
Barry Zadeh: 48 Executive Dr. Suite C. Norwalk. 44857
Adam Walter: 2105 Hawthorne Rd., Ottawa Hills. 43606-2644
Arshad Husain: 1421 S. Reynolds Rd., Toledo. 43615-7413
Ashvin Felix: 2939 W. Course Rd., Maumee. 43537
Cuneyd Tolek: 5653 Olde Post Road, Sylvania. 43560
Damodar Reddy: 2213 Kirschstrasse, Toledo. 43608-2603
Faizan Hafeez: 9223 Twin Creek Ln., Sylvania. 43560. & 3020 N. McCord Rd. Suite 102. Toledo. 43615
Fenil Kholwadwala: 948 Plum Grove Ln., Toledo. 43615-4268
Garth Phibbs: 2109 Hughes Dr. Ste. 820. Toledo. 43606
Kathleen Anne C Rocco: 3000 Arlington, Mrs. 1088. Toledo .43614
Kenneth Macht: 5705 Monclova Street. You are. 100. Maumee. 43537-1877
Marilyn Agee: 5965 Renaissance Pl # 3. Toledo. 43623
Meagan Bower: 3454 Oak Alley Court Suite # 214. Toledo. 43606. & 1604 East Perkins Ave., Ste 106. Sandusky, OH. 44870.
Michael Bojrab: 706 Colima Dr., Toledo. 43609-1730
Philipp Fischer: 7640 W. Sylvania Ste K. Toledo. 43560
Robert Rae 5308 Harroun Rd., Ste 155. Sylvania. 43560
Ryan Lakin: 241 N. Superior St., Ste 102. Toledo. 43604-1253
Sanjiv Josh 5300 Harroun Rd., Ste 304 Sylvania. 43560-2146
Sarah Milliron: 2654 Westbrook Dr., Toledo. 43613
Thomas Cox: Arrowhead Family Doctors: 660 Beaver Creek Circle, Suite 110 Maumee. 43537
Thomas Kleinholz: 1850 Eastgate Rd., Ste C. Toledo. 43614-3024
Timothy Kasunic: 4126 North Holland Sylvania Rd., Ste 105 Toledo. 43623
William James: 7071 W. Central Avenue, Ste C Toledo Lucas. 43617
Adil Katabay: 1065 Delaware Ave. Ste A. Marion. 43302-6461
Chander Arora: 2433 Cummins Hill Dr., Marion. 43302
Cynthia box: 500 W. Mulberry St., Ste 101. Bryan. 43506-1142
Bryan Badik: 1601 Brigham Dr., Suite 250. Perrysburg. 43551
Catherine Carrigan: Catherine Carrigan MD Perrysburg General Practitioners 702 Commerce Dr., Ste 160. Perrysburg. 43551
Dee Bialecki-Haase: 1601 Brigham Dr., Ste 250. Perrysburg. 43551-7115
Patrick Bruss: 13391 Ovitt Rd., Perrysburg. 43551
Markus Neumann: 1715 W. Dean Rd., Suite B. Temperance, MI. 48182
Mitchell Kohl: 2140 Stone Road, Ann Arbor, MI. 48105-2535
After the certified doctor recommends medical marijuana, both patients and caregivers will receive an email with a link to confirm registration and pay an annual registration fee of $ 50. For veterans and individuals who qualify for state eligibility programs, the fee is $ 25.
After payment, the card can be downloaded and a copy can either be printed out or presented in electronic form (on a smartphone) at a pharmacy. The card expires for one year from the last day of the month of registration.
4) Visit a pharmacy
This is not as easy as entering. In order to gain access to a pharmacy, you must present a patient ID and photo ID at a state-approved pharmacy.
Inside, trained staff can support individual patients in choosing the right product. “We carefully consider each patient’s qualifying conditions and any recommendations from their doctor as we review the options in our inventory to manage those conditions,” said Gonzalez. “If a patient has questions or concerns about a recommendation or a medical marijuana product, they can call us to schedule a private consultation with our trained staff.”
According to state law, all medical marijuana products must be safely stored in the pharmacy’s original packaging with the original label, individually printed for each patient and attached to the packaging when purchased.
There are currently five pharmacies in Northwest Ohio, two of which are locally owned.
1238 Conant St., Maumee. Bloommedicinals.com
One of five locations for the Florida-based operator in Ohio.
3157 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo. Risecannabis.com
One of three Ohio locations of the multi-state Florida-based operation.
1155 N. Main St., Bowling Green. soothebg.com
The sole location of the independent local company.
1800 E. State St., Fremont. terrasanacannabisco.com
One of four locations of Ohio’s own Columbus based operations.
The Forest Sandusky, LLC
1651 Tiffin Ave., Sandusky. theforestohio.com
The sister company of Standard Wellness, LLC, a state-licensed, level 1 medical marijuana grower and processor based in Gibsonburg, Ohio.
5) Pick up a product
Patients are limited to a “90-day supply” at any point in time under state law, and amounts are tracked across the state. Because appetites vary and a “90-day supply” may be very different for you than your college roommate, the state defines supply by THC levels.
Fortunately, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is a marijuana compound that makes you high or euphoric, so it may not be the first choice for medical marijuana users.
Another compound, CBD (cannabidiol), does not produce a high, so government regulations allow buying and owning larger quantities of products with higher CBD and lower THC content.
So what does a “90 day supply” of THC look like? Here are the equivalents of different types of products:
- 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 (topical forms) of medical marijuana with less than 26.55 grams of THC.
- Up to 9.9 grams of THC from cannabis oil, tincture, capsules and other edible forms.
- Oil for vaporizing with up to 53.1 grams of THC.
For answers to additional questions about the Ohio Medical Marijuana Program, visit medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov or call toll-free 1-833-4OH-MMCP (1-833-464-6627).