There are 26 medical conditions that qualify eligible patients for medical marijuana treatment in Ohio.
In Ohio, the following are the recognized qualifying medical conditions for granting the state’s medical cannabis card:
In its 2021 Physician Annual Report, the Medical Marijuana Committee of the Medical Board of Ohio confirmed the inclusion of chronic migraines, arthritis, and complex regional pain syndrome to the list of qualifying medical conditions for cannabis treatment. The Committee classified these additions under chronic pain.
Yes. When the Ohio medical marijuana program became operational in 2018, it specified 21 qualifying medical conditions. However, this list of conditions was expanded in 2020 with the inclusion of cachexia and in 2021 with the addition of spasticity, Huntington’s disease, and terminal illness.
Ohio regularly accepts petitions to add new illnesses to its list of qualifying medical conditions. It does this annually during a petition window spanning November 1 to December 31. During this period, residents can petition the Medical Board’s Medical Marijuana Committee to consider new conditions. Each petition must be accompanied by evidence demonstrating cannabis can be used to treat or alleviate the condition as well as letters of support from licensed physicians.
In 2023, the following conditions are under consideration before the committee:
No. Ohio does not allow physicians to recommend or prescribe cannabis for unlisted conditions even if they deem these ailments debilitating. The state only accepts medical cannabis use for diagnosed illnesses on its list of qualifying medical conditions.
Yes. Ohio requires an eligible patient to visit a certified physician to confirm that they have one or more of the qualifying conditions recognised by the state for medical cannabis treatment. The consulting physician must have an active Certificate to Recommend (CTR) awarded by the Ohio State Medical Board. The CTR certification is open only to Doctors of Medicine (MDs) and Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) with full, unrestricted Ohio license to practice.
In addition to living with a qualifying medical condition and obtaining a recommendation from a state-licensed medical provider with a CTR, Ohio requires anyone applying for its medical marijuana card to be: