Since many states have passed marijuana legalization laws, it’s understandable that residents of Ohio may be confused as to whether they can legally use the drug. While the state has decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana, the simple fact is that recreational marijuana use remains illegal in Ohio. In order to legally use marijuana, you must have a prescription to use it for a medical condition.
How Patients Can Legally Use Marijuana in Ohio
Medical marijuana use is regulated by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy. There are protocols in place to ensure that those who possess and use the drug have legal permission to do so.
People may only possess marijuana legally in Ohio if they:
- Have a condition that qualifies for marijuana treatment. Prior to using the drug, you must have been diagnosed with an approved medical condition by a physician who is certified by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy. Qualifying conditions include: AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, HIV+ status, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, seizure disorder, sickle cell anemia, spinal cord injury, Tourette’s syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and ulcerative colitis.
- Obtain a medical marijuana card. If your medical status qualifies you, your physician must submit a patient registration form recommending you for marijuana treatment. You may then apply for a medical marijuana card and pay the associated fee. Once you have the card, you may obtain and possess marijuana legally.
- Are not smoking marijuana. Even if you have been approved to use marijuana for medical reasons, it is still illegal to smoke marijuana in the state of Ohio. Physicians may prescribe marijuana products in edible forms (such as capsules, oils, tinctures, or food products), topical patches and ointments, or metered oil that can be administered through a vaporizing device as long as no resin or plant material comes into contact with the heating element.
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