No. There are no recreational marijuana dispensaries in Cleveland as adult-use marijuana remains a banned substance statewide in Ohio.
Yes. There are medical marijuana dispensaries in Cleveland, pursuant to Ohio's HB523, signed into law in June 20116. HB523 legalized medical marijuana in Cleveland and Ohio and permitted the establishment of medical marijuana dispensing facilities in Ohio. Cleveland residents can purchase medical marijuana from authorized dispensaries in the city in the form of flowers, lotions, creams, edibles, patches, oils, and tinctures.
Cleveland, pursuant to the state medical cannabis law, prohibits medical cannabis delivery in the city. Adult-use marijuana is illegal and cannot be purchased online legally.
Cleveland's medical marijuana dispensary experience often feels like a doctor's appointment. If you are not a medical marijuana patient or caregiver, you will not be allowed to peek inside and look around.
Persons who visit a dispensary in Cleveland must present their medical marijuana registry barcode, printed out or on their phone, and an Ohio-issued driver's license or photo ID. That goes for Cleveland minors who are patients, too. Once your ID has been verified, a dispensary employee will buzz you into a waiting room. Subsequently, you will answer some questions about their medical condition, symptoms, treatment aims, and experience with cannabis. Subsequently, a dispensary employee will escort you into another room called the dispensing floor. You are allowed to have one guest with you in the waiting room, but the guest cannot visit the dispensing area.
A dispensary employee will review your information and needs and help you choose a product. Patient care specialists or budtenders at Cleveland dispensaries have good knowledge about various cannabis strains and what types of cannabis work best for specific patients and conditions. Note that the state medical marijuana law does not allow for cannabis smoking, but it does allow vaporization. Hence, dispensaries will sell various vaporizers that meet state requirements. Also, a patient may buy 8 ounces of dried flower (10 ounces for terminally ill patients) within a 90-day period, per state law.
Cannabis products purchased at Cleveland dispensaries must be placed in opaque bags and cannot be used at the premises of the dispensaries or in public areas. All medical marijuana products must be kept in their original, labeled packaging, per state rules.
Only medical marijuana dispensaries are legal in Cleveland. Recreational dispensaries are not allowed. Medical marijuana dispensaries are required to verify the medical marijuana cards of visitors before selling them medical cannabis. Dispensaries may only sell edibles, patches, tinctures, oils, creams, lotions, and plant material. Per Section 347.19 of the Cleveland Municipal Code, dispensaries may not be within 500 feet of a church, school, public library, public park, or public playground. No form of consumption may occur within the premises of a medical marijuana dispensary.
Recreational cannabis is illegal in Cleveland. However, the Cleveland City Council voted in 2020 to decriminalize fines by removing fines or jail time as penalties for possessing up to 7 ounces or 200 grams of marijuana. The law was codified in Cleveland Ordinance No. 902-2019. Note that under state law, possessing between 100 and 200 grams of marijuana attracts up to 30 days imprisonment and up to $250 in fines.
In Cleveland, possessing more than 200 grams is considered a felony and attracts varying sentences and fines, starting from 12 months imprisonment and up to $2,500 in fines. The Cleveland Police will confiscate substances believed to be marijuana but will likely not charge a person with possession unless law enforcement believes such an individual has committed another crime. Therefore, having less than 200 grams in your possession may still give an officer grounds to search you, which may lead to other charges if an illegal activity that is not decriminalized is found.
In Cleveland, a conviction for possessing up to 200 grams of marijuana will still appear on police, court, and background check records, but it will no longer be deemed a criminal record. Per Ordinance No. 902-2019, individuals will not be required to disclose such offenses on job or licensing applications.
Medical cannabis is legal in Cleveland pursuant to HB523, approved in June 2016. HB 523 permits Cleveland residents registered under the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP) to access medical marijuana. Under the OMMCP, patients, especially minors and individuals incapacitated to administer medical marijuana, can designate caregivers to assist them in obtaining and administering medical marijuana. Cleveland patients may possess medical marijuana products equivalent to up to 90-day supplies. The OMMCP website provides a resource for patients to calculate the quantity of cannabis products equaling a 90-day supply. Note that medical cannabis sales are legal in the city.
The medical marijuana card identifies an individual as a bona fide medical marijuana patient. To obtain a medical marijuana card in Cleveland, you must be registered with the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP). The first step to becoming a medical marijuana patient is establishing and maintaining a physician-patient relationship with a physician with an active Certificate to Recommend (CTR) issued by the Medical Board of Ohio. The Board maintains a list of all licensed physicians certified to recommend medical marijuana.
In order to obtain a certification from your physician, you must visit the physician in person. The healthcare provider must certify that you suffer from one or more qualifying conditions. The approved conditions are:
Sickle Cell anemia
Spinal cord disease or injury
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Inflammatory bowel disease
Positive status for HIV
Severe, chronic, or intractable pain
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
Epilepsy or another seizure
Traumatic brain injury
CTR physicians have access to the Ohio medical marijuana patient registry. Hence, your attending physician can submit your medical marijuana recommendation directly to the patient registry. Note that the physician will require your Ohio driver's license, a valid Ohio-issued ID card issued by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, or a valid United States Passport to submit your medical marijuana recommendation to the patient registry.
Once your attending physician has entered your recommendation in the patient registry, you will receive an email notifying you to log in to your profile on the registry. Complete the application and pay the $25 application fee on your profile page. If you qualify for veteran or indigent status may be eligible for a reduction in the application fee. For more information on discounted application fees, check the OMMCP Quick Reference Guide. For more information on obtaining a medical marijuana card in Cleveland, review the application instructions guide or visit the FAQs page of the OMMCP website.
In Cleveland, cannabis use is permitted on your personal or private property. Public cannabis consumption is prohibited. It is illegal to consume cannabis on federal lands and buildings in Cleveland.
You cannot buy recreational weed in Cleveland due to Ohio's ban on adult-use weed. However, in order to purchase medical weed in the city, you may go to the physical addresses of the dispensing facilities. You can find the addresses and operation hours of Cleveland medical marijuana dispensaries near you by simply conducting an online search. Use the search term "weed dispensaries near me" on an online search engine. You should take cash along when visiting and hold a valid Ohio-issued medical marijuana identification.
In Cleveland, an ounce of high-quality cannabis costs about $250 on average.
No. Smoking cannabis in public places, such as banks, schools, bars, parks, sidewalks, and streets in Cleveland, is illegal.
Cleveland adults are permitted to possess up to 200 grams of cannabis, as possession of small weed amounts has been decriminalized in the city. Possessing more than 200 grams in the city is considered a felony. Registered medical marijuana patients and primary caregivers are permitted to possess up to 90-day supplies of medical cannabis.
No. Transporting cannabis into Cleveland over state lines is illegal, as transporting marijuana across state lines violates federal law. Note that the Controlled Substances Act lists marijuana as a Schedule I banned substance.
You cannot currently order adult-use cannabis online in Cleveland, as recreational marijuana dispensaries are illegal in the city. While medical cannabis is legal, its delivery is not yet legal. Hence, if you purchase medical cannabis online from an approved Cleveland medical marijuana dispensary, you may pick up your order at the dispensing facility.
Cleveland has no recreational dispensaries, let alone 24-hour recreational dispensaries. While medical marijuana dispensaries exist in the city, none of the authorized facilities currently offer 24-hour services.
No approved adult-use weed dispensaries in Cleveland are open to tourists or residents. The city does not also permit tourists to use medical marijuana dispensaries within its borders. Only residents of Cleveland or other Ohio locations may use medical cannabis dispensaries in the city.
You cannot purchase adult-use cannabis in Cleveland, as recreational cannabis is illegal in Ohio. If you are a medical marijuana patient, you must show an Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program ID card to buy medical cannabis.
Rise and The Botanist are two of the best cannabis dispensaries in Cleveland.
Medical marijuana dispensaries in Cleveland are required to track purchases. Hence, dispensaries in the city may scan your ID manually in order to verify your OMMCP registry ID and track your purchases. However, state law prohibits dispensaries from keeping your personal information.
There are currently no approved recreational marijuana dispensaries in Cleveland. However, according to the OMMP resource on authorized medical marijuana dispensaries in Ohio, there are two approved medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.
Cleveland medical cannabis dispensaries do not accept credit cards. Transactions are usually completed by cash or debit cards.
You may visit two or more medical weed dispensaries in one day in Cleveland. However, you will not be able to buy more than the limits imposed under Ohio cannabis law. You cannot currently visit recreational dispensaries as they are illegal in the city.
No. Cannabis dispensaries in Cleveland do not accept health insurance.
Yes. Cleveland medical weed dispensaries are required to keep track of medical marijuana sales on their premises.
No. You cannot enter a recreational cannabis dispensary as the city bans establishing adult-use marijuana dispensaries within the city limits. You must be 18 or older to visit a Cleveland medical marijuana dispensary. If you are under 18, you may access medical marijuana through the help of a registered caregiver.
With recreational cannabis illegal in Cleveland, medical cannabis is regulated by the Ohio Department of Commerce (ODC) and the state Board of Pharmacy. The ODC is responsible for promulgating rules for regulating and licensing medical marijuana cultivators, processors, and testing labs. The Ohio Board of Pharmacy is responsible for licensing medical marijuana dispensaries and creating and maintaining a patient and caregiver registry. The Board also certifies recommending physicians in Ohio.
The Ohio Department of Commerce is at:
77 S High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 466-3636
While the Ohio Board of Pharmacy is at:
77 S High Street, 17th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-6126
Phone: (614) 466-4143
Fax: (614) 752-4836
To report illegal cannabis activities in Cleveland, contact the Cleveland Police Department, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, or the Ohio Department of Commerce.