The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy has approved the addition of three existing conditions for Ohioans to qualify for medical marijuana. In order to qualify for a medical marijuana card in Ohio, patients must be previously diagnosed with one of the current 22 qualifying conditions. After a patient has their diagnosis they can then meet with a certifying physician for medical marijuana. They must go through the evaluation process by meeting with the doctor to review medical documentation to become approved and added to the patient registry. After a patient is approved and added into the patient registry, they may activate their Ohio medical marijuana card to access any one of Ohio’s 52 dispensaries to purchase various forms of medical marijuana.
Ohio’s State Board Panel Approval of Medical Cannabis for More Chronic Pain Conditions
The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy panel determined earlier this year that arthritis, chronic migraines, and complex regional pain syndrome fall into the existing category of ‘chronic or intractable pain’ which is currently one of the 22 conditions approved for medical marijuana in Ohio.
Another significant stride in the Ohio medical marijuana program was that the board voted and approved the addition of 73 more dispensary licenses. This addition was approved in hopes to help combat patient feedback of high pricing at dispensaries across the state, and the lack of dispensaries available to patients. Three of the state’s 31 medical marijuana districts, all in western Ohio, currently have no dispensaries available to patients to purchase their medication from. The Board of Pharmacy initially expected between 12,000 and 24,000 people to register as medical marijuana patients during the first two years of the program, however, since then, there are over 176,000 registered patients in the state of Ohio.
The Current Number of Medical Marijuana Patients & Cardholders in Ohio
This number keeps on growing and are as followed:
- 244,163 Recommendations
- 176,387 Registered patients
- 11,722 Patients with Veteran Status
- 12,714 Patients with Indigent Status
- 915 Patients with a Terminal Diagnosis
Currently, there are 58 Provisional licenses and 52 Provisional licensees who have received a Certificate of Operation, Firelands Scientific Dispensary, located in Huron Ohio being Ohio’s newest dispensary location.
The approval of arthritis, chronic migraines, and complex regional pain syndrome as a chronic pain diagnosis will allow even more patients to gain access to medical marijuana in Ohio. If you have a current diagnosis of arthritis, chronic migraines, and complex regional pain syndrome you are now eligible for medical marijuana in Ohio.
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