Becoming an Ohio Medical Marijuana Patient
If you are a resident of Ohio and suffer from one of Ohio’s qualifying conditions, you are eligible to become a medical marijuana patient. Locate a medical marijuana card company or physician with a CTR (Certificate to Recommend) to schedule an evaluation. The registration process, cost, and required documentation may vary between providers.
Click here to learn more about becoming a medical marijuana patient in Ohio
Ohio’s Qualifying Conditions
Under Ohio law, qualifying medical conditions include the following:
AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia, cancer, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy or another seizure disorder, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, Huntington’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable, Parkinson’s disease, positive status for HIV, post- traumatic stress disorder, sickle cell anemia, Spasticity, spinal cord disease or injury, terminal illness, Tourette syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and ulcerative colitis.
As of February 2021, the State Medical Board of Ohio determined the following conditions are considered covered by a qualifying condition: arthritis, chronic migraines, and complex regional pain syndrome.
Finding a CTR Physician
While a comprehensive list of CTR Physicians can be found here; not all CTR Physicians are available to the public and their contact information may be inaccurate. An internet search for an Ohio medical marijuana card company is the best way to locate a CTR Physician.
Cost of Becoming a Patient
The cost of obtaining an Ohio Medical Marijuana Card varies by the individual physician or physician group providing the evaluation. The price for this service may range from $50 – $300. After a recommendation is received from a Certifying Physician, a yearly $50 Administrative Fee is applied by the State.
The State offers a $25 discount on the activation and yearly renewal fee to those who are approved for Veteran or Indigent Status.
Veteran or Indigent Status
Please refer to the following document on how to register with Veteran or Indigent Status.
Becoming a Caregiver
The provider or provider’s office who issued the medical marijuana recommendation can register a Caregiver on a Patient’s behalf. The provider will need the Caregiver’s government- issued identification and other demographic information to complete the process. Learn about the Caregiver approval process here.
Making a Purchase at The Citizen
All patients are required to have a valid government-issued ID and a valid Ohio medical marijuana card to access the Dispensary Department. Non-registered visitors with a valid ID may enter the Lobby if they are interested in learning more about Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Program.
Forms of Acceptable ID
The same government-issued ID (Passport, Driver’s License, State Identification Card) used to register for an Ohio Medical Marijuana Card is required to enter the Dispensary Department. The address and the name must match the information in the State Registry.
New Patient Registration
A little paperwork is necessary prior to an initial purchase at The Citizen. Our check-in process is quick and simple. Prior to placing an online or telephone order, please complete your New Patient Registration at the dispensary.
Non-Ohio Medical Marijuana Cards
Only patients registered in the Ohio Medical Marijuana Program may purchase products at Ohio dispensaries.
All Citizen locations offer either Curbside or Drive-Thru pickup for those who do not wish to enter the dispensary. Preorders can also be picked up inside the dispensary by heading straight to the checkout counter.
If you are new to The Citizen and the Ohio Medical Marijuana program, we ask patients to arrive 30 minutes prior to closing. If you are a returning customer, please arrive 15 minutes prior to closing.
Parking at The Citizen Lorain
There is ample on-site parking at our Lorain location.
Hours of Operation
Monday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
For general questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 440.766.1040
Picking Up at The Citizen Lorain
In-Store – The Citizen dispensary staff are ready to answer questions, place and prepare orders, and get you on your way in a timely manner. If a pre-order is placed, there are dedicated registers.
Drive Thru – We are pleased to offer a Drive–Thru at our Lorain location. Please have your ID and MMJ card ready when you arrive at the Drive-Thru window. Drive-Thru is pick-up only.
Accepted Forms of Payment
The Citizen currently accepts cash (ATM on site), CanPay, and offers a true PIN-debit solution. CanPay is an ACH transfer application. Download the app and link your bank account to avoid convenience fees.
The Citizen Loyalty Program allows patients to redeem points for approved accessories and gear. Each dollar spent earns you a point. Points never expire and as the list of approved products expand, points go further.
The Loyalty Program also allows members to be the first to hear about events, deals, and new product drops through e-mail and text. Registration is quick and easy! Sign up here.
We are ONLY able to provide refunds for returns due to the following:
- Defective Product
- Dispensing an incorrect product
- State-issued product recall
Veteran and Indigent Discounts
We are pleased to provide 30% off the original price of cannabis products for patients registered with Veteran Status and 20% for patients registered with Indigent Status. Veteran or Indigent Status must be indicated on the Ohio Medical Marijuana Card to be eligible.
In Store – work with dispensary staff and interact with products on our state-of-the-art Peak Beyond menu stations. Learn more about cannabis science, brands, and product details, then place your order. Check out The Peak Beyond here.
Online preorder – Online preorders can be placed ahead of time so that it is ready for pick-up upon arrival.
All Citizen locations have a Consultation Room for patients that would like to discuss their medical condition and product selection privately with a Patient Care Representative. In-person consultations may also be scheduled ahead of time here.
Your Ohio Medical Marijuana Card
Ohio Medical Marijuana Cards are available digitally after a CTR physician has submitted the required information to the State Registry and the activation fee has been paid. The card will list your name, expiration date of the Recommendation, expiration date of the Card, and a 20-digit ID number. The QR code on the card contains the patient’s updated information and will be used to scan at the dispensary. An image of the card or a printed copy is sufficient for entry into the dispensary department.
Ohio Medical Marijuana Registry
The Ohio Medical Marijuana Registry provides patients with account information. This includes demographic information on file, purchase history, purchase periods, and details about their card and recommendation. The website is ohiomedicalmarijuanaregistry.com and the username is the email address on file with the State.
Purchase limits are broken down by time periods. Within a given 45-day period, an allotment is provided, which can be viewed by logging into the Patient Registry. Purchases apply toward allotments based upon product type, weight, and THC content within a given product form. Dispensary staff can further explain purchase limits as this can be confusing. Click here for information provided by the State on purchase limitations.
Approved Methods of Administration
The approved Methods of Administration and Product Forms are plant material, oil, and concentrates for vaporization, creams and patches for topical administration, and edibles and tinctures for oral administration.
Product Safety and Lab Testing
All products sold in licensed Ohio dispensaries must first be sent to a State-approved testing lab to verify safety and composition. Labs test for heavy metals, pesticides, cannabinoid levels, and terpene levels.
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Patients under the age of 18 must have their registered Caregiver accompanying them to enter the Dispensary Department. Minors are restricted from products which are intended for inhalation.
Medical marijuana products should be stored in a cool, dry place in original packaging with the labels provided by the manufacturer and dispensary attached.
Medical marijuana products can be transported within Ohio if it remains in the original, labeled container and the patient presents an active Ohio Medical Marijuana card. For out-of-state travel, Federal laws and enforcement apply.
The Ohio Medical Marijuana Program can be reached by calling 1-833-464-6627 or by completing the following form
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