Updated September 20, 2017
This listing is for informational purposes only. Note: No Ohio marijuana dispensaries are currently listed as participating with the Ohio state medical marijuana program. However, we will continuously be updating this page as we collect more information. Be sure to bookmark this page and signup for our newsletter to receive state updates on the program here in Ohio.
Ohio Medical Marijuana Law Information:
As per House Bill No.523, effective September 8th, 2016, the state of Ohio authorizes the use of medical marijuana for patients with qualifying conditions and establishes the Medical Marijuana Control Program.
(For information on how to become an Ohio Medical Marijuana Patient, see: Ohio Medical Marijuana Program Information)
What Ohio Medical Marijuana Patients Need to Know About Their Rights:
Ohio medical marijuana patients or caregivers who are registered and operating within the established Ohio laws will not be criminally penalized for their status or for possessing medical marijuana or paraphernalia.
Based purely on their registered status with the State Board of Pharmacy, patients and caregivers may not be denied custody rights, health insurance, driver’s license suspension, or denied housing.
Ohio medical marijuana Patients or caregivers may possess no more than a 90-day supply of medical marijuana, equalling eight ounces of marijuana or marijuana products with the equivalent amount of THC. Patients and caregivers must carry their Registry Identification whenever they are in possession of medical marijuana and must present both card and valid ID to purchase at a dispensary.
In an effort to provide fair medical marijuana use for qualifying patients, an attempt to enter a reciprocity agreement with all other states that have medical marijuana registry identification card or an equivalent meets comparable registry requirements, so long as the other states recognize patients or caregiver cards issued by the State Board of Pharmacy in Ohio.
What Ohio Medical Marijuana Cultivators, Processors, and Laboratories Need to Know:
This bill establishes a medical marijuana control program in both the Ohio Department of Commerce for cultivators, processors, and laboratories, while the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy will provide licenses for retail dispensaries, registration of patients and their caregivers.
As of May 6, 2017, the Ohio Department of Commerce adopted rules and established procedures for licensing cultivators and operating processes. Cultivator application forms are available on the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program website for Level 1 and Level 2 licenses. Applications were accepted between June 5-16, 2017 for Level 2 licenses and June 19-30, 2017 for Level 1.
At this time, new applications for Cultivator licenses are closed. The Department of Commerce has yet to make any awarding decision for 24 grow licenses of the 185 applications received. The Department shall issue no less than 15% of licenses to cultivators, processors or laboratories owned by economically disadvantaged groups including Blacks/African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics or Latinos and Asians.
As of Sept 8, 2017, the Ohio Department of Commerce finalized rules and regulations for licensing Processors. The department will release an announcement with dates for application acceptance windows and submission deadlines. Processor applicants must submit a complete application with details regarding their business plan, operations plans, quality assurance plans, security procedures, financial plan, and any other information the department deems necessary for full evaluation. Applicants must also submit a $10,000 application fee and a certification of operation fee of $90,000 if awarded a license. Applicants must also pay a $100,000 renewal fee for each year. Applicants will be ranked using a numerical process system, and the Department may issue up to 40 processor licenses prior to September 9, 2018.
What are the Cultivation and Processing Rules for Medical Marijuana in Ohio:
The Department of Commerce will establish a closed-loop payment processing system, where the state allows patients and caregivers to use cashless payment at dispensaries similar to prepaid debit cards. Dispensaries, processors, cultivators and testing labs also would have accounts in the system to accept patient payments and purchase products/pay bills through the system.
The Department of Commerce shall establish an electronic database to monitor medical marijuana materials from seed to cultivation to dispensing. All cultivators, processors, retail marijuana dispensaries and laboratories shall submit information the department deems necessary to maintain this database. Both licensed cultivators and producers must maintain department-regulated security measures, packaging and labeling requirements, inventory control and storage, waste control and laboratory testing processes. Cultivators and processors must be located at least 500 feet away from playgrounds, schools, churches, and libraries.
A licensed cultivator may cultivate medical marijuana, and deliver or sell to a licensed processor. A licensed processor may obtain medical cannabis from a licensed cultivator, process medical marijuana into a permissible form, and deliver or sell to retail dispensaries. When processing, they shall package and label all product with THC and CBD content. Clear and detailed cultivation and processing rules are available on the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program’s website.
What are the Rules and Regulations for Ohio Medical Marijuana Dispensaries:
As of September 8, 2017, the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy adopted rules and established procedures for licensing retail marijuana dispensaries. These procedures include application procedures and fees, conditions of license eligibility, and license renewal schedule and procedures. The Board also established rules of patient and caregiver registration, a maximum 90-day supply of medical marijuana in patient possession, specific paraphernalia and accessories, and issuance of patient and caregiver identification cards.
On September 19, 2017, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy published all forms and information required for potential license-holders to complete their application. The Board established 31 dispensary districts and will issue up to 60 dispensary licenses with limitations on the number of dispensaries within each district. The application acceptance period begins November 3, 2017 and ends November 17, 2017. After September 8, 2018, the Board may accept more applications depending on the current state of the medical marijuana program.
In order of applicants to apply for a license, they must have at least $250,000 in liquid assets to cover the application and operations costs. Ohio Medical Marijuana Dispensary owner applicants must pay a one-time, non refundable application fee of $5,000. If their application is approved, they will pay $70,000 every two years to maintain their license. If the annual payment is late, an additional $10,000 fee will be added. Dispensaries that relocate, undergo major renovations, or change in ownership will pay a fee of $5,000. Advertisements, which must be approved by the board, will cost $100 per ad. Certified employees identification cards will cost between $50 to $500. (All above fees are non-refundable)
The Ohio Board of Pharmacy requires that medical marijuana dispensaries hire a pharmacist, physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse as a clinical director. The clinical director’s duty will be to train employees and make educational materials for Ohio patients, as well as be on-call or on-site during dispensary operating hours. Each dispensary will need to designate a “key employee” in charge of the daily operations, who will pay a one-time fee of $250, which includes their identification card. Additionally, dispensaries will also need to appoint a “support employee,” who will pay a one-time fee of $100. There will be biennial renewal fees, as well.
Ohio marijuana dispensaries seeking licensure must apply to the State Board of Pharmacy. They must demonstrate they have no investment interest or employees with a licensed laboratory. The Department shall issue no less than 15% of licenses to cultivators, processors or laboratories owned by economically disadvantaged groups including Blacks/African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics or Latinos and Asians.
A licensed dispensary may obtain medical marijuana from processors, and dispense or sell medical marijuana to registered patients or caregivers. Marijuana dispensaries will report to the drug database all information required and label each package with the name of the Processor, Dispensary, name of Patient/Caregiver, name of Physician, directions for use, date and quantity, strength kind or form of medical marijuana within the package.
The State Board of Pharmacy will establish a drug database to monitor the misuse and diversion of controlled substances, medical marijuana and other dangerous drugs. Each retail dispensary shall submit information regarding medical marijuana dispensed to a patient to the Prescription Monitoring Program.
The State Board of Pharmacy will establish a program to assist veteran patients or those facing financial hardships.
The following consumption methods are permitted: oils, tinctures, plant material, patches, edibles, vaporization. THC content of plant material may not exceed 35% and THC content of extracts may not exceed 70%.
Townships or municipalities may regulate and prohibit the location or operation of medical marijuana cultivators, processors or retail marijuana dispensaries. Dispensaries must be located at least 500 feet away from playgrounds, schools, churches, and libraries.
The dispensaries will be allowed to operate from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST.
More detailed and clear dispensary operation regulations are available on the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program website.
Ohio Medical Marijuana Service Locations:
Ohio medical marijuana dispensaries will provide safe and effective medical cannabis products to qualifying patients Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron, Dayton, Parma, Canton, Youngstown, Lorain, and other major cities throughout the state of Ohio.
anyone possibly write a review on products that are not available and this laws been going on almost 2 years what is the problem people my son has massive seizures all the time and we have to fight to get medicine for him
People who needs treatment for HIV, breast cancer, seizures and etc. Ohio government makes things hard... if y'all don't speak up make a legal cannabis then I'm ready to move Colorado. Don't bothered wasted my valuable time. too many people are close mind or mind narrow not help support marijuana! grow up this is not 20 century anyone.
1 person thought this review was helpful
Marijuana needs to be legalized already, come on. I need weed. I’d order all types of weed al of the times.
we haven't seen any product or dispensaries how can we give you a review Ohio wake up and get on the ball I know we live in the Bible Belt this is ridiculous
2 people thought this review was helpful
what do I need to do to start
3 people thought this review was helpful
I don't understand why Ohio can't get with the program like the rest of these states are I mean they'll be cutting the people out who sells weed out of the picture people rather buy it out of the store where it's safe then rather risk in their life to buy some weed off the streets I mean things will be so much simpler for a lot of people if they would just get with the program that's just my opinion
Busco en Columbus la reseña pero no encuentro nada en la calle indicada!!
3 people thought this review was helpful
It shouldnt be that difficult to get something set up and operationing before end of 2017. As Ohio should be able to learn from other states.