Is Medical Marijuana Legal in Ohio?
Blame it on the undeniable evidence supporting medical cannabis’ potential to improve the quality of life for a variety of patients. In June of 2016, Ohio lawmakers passed House Bill 523. As a result, this law established rules for the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP). Consequently, this made it legal for patients to obtain medicinal cannabis with a medical marijuana card. Ohio patients may also have a medical marijuana caregiver … or three.
What Is an Ohio Medical Marijuana Caregiver?
A caregiver is a person who can buy, transport, possess, and administer medical marijuana to a registered medical marijuana patient. The patient designates their caregiver, who can be a family member, nurse, spouse, or any significant person to assist them. Originally, Ohio patients could have a maximum of two caregivers and an individual could be a caregiver for only two patients.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy has approved a maximum of three caregivers per patient. Additionally, it allows for caregivers to serve up to three patients.
Also, the board is allowing caregivers to register right away with them, instead of making the patient go through their MMJ doctor with the caregiver information. These alternate patient/caregiver guidelines will remain in effect until further notice.
Who Qualifies to Be an MMJ Caregiver in Ohio?
To apply for caregiver status you must:
- Be 21 or older, unless you are the legal parent of a minor patient applying as their caregiver.
- Have an acceptable form of ID: unexpired United States passport, United States passport card, state-issued driver’s license, or other state-issued identification from the Ohio bureau of motor vehicles (BMV).
- May serve as caregiver for a maximum of three patients.
- Pay a $25.00 caregiver registration fee.
Become an Ohio Medical Cannabis Caregiver
Individuals can become a caregiver to patients in one of two ways (the first way is the original way; the second way has been adopted to reduce risks during the COVID-19 outbreak):
- Through the patient’s recommending physician. The State Medical Board of Ohio has authorized recommending physicians to use telemedicine in place of in-person visits. Patients are encouraged to contact their recommending physician to add additional caregivers via telemedicine. Get your telehealth visit and add your caregiver with an Elevate Holistics MMJ doctor. (Watch this “Completing Caregiver Registration” video on the patient and caregiver page.)
- Submission of a Caregiver Registration Application directly to the Board of Pharmacy. NOTE: This option is only available for patients who are already active in the registry. This second way is allowed until further notice in order to reduce patient exposure during the COVID-19 outbreak.
For those who choose to apply as an Ohio medical marijuana caregiver with the second option, you must:
Who’s Not Eligible for Caregiver Status
Ohio rules prohibit individuals from obtaining caregiver registrations who are included on one or more of the following databases:
- The system for award management (SAM) maintained by the United States General Services Administration;
- The list of excluded individuals and entities maintained by the office of inspector general in the United States Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to 42 U.S.C. part 1320a-7 (as effective on January 3, 2017) and 42 U.S.C. part 1320c-5 (as effective on January 3, 2017);
- The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) online abuser registry established under section 5123.52 of the Revised Code;
- The internet-based sex offender and child-victim offender database established under division (A)(11) of section 2950.13 of the Revised Code;
- The national sex offender public website established under 18 United States Code 16918;
- The internet-based database of Department of Rehabilitation and Correction inmates established under section 5120.66 of the Revised Code;
- The state nurse aide registry established under section 3721.32 of the Revised Code, and there is a statement detailing findings by the director of health that the provider applicant or employee neglected or abused a long-term care facility or residential care facility resident or misappropriated property of such a resident.
Do You Get Paid for Being an Ohio MMJ Caregiver?
According to the Ohio Laws and Rules for Patients and Caregivers:
“A caregiver shall not receive payment or other compensation for services provided as a caregiver other than reimbursement for reasonable expenses incurred in the provision of services as a caregiver. In the case of an employee of a hospice provider, nursing facility, or medical facility, or a visiting nurse, personal care attendant, or home health aide serving as a caregiver, the individual shall not receive payment or compensation above or beyond his or her regular wages.”
Elevate Holistics Is Here to Help
Elevate Holistics offers hassle-free access to Ohio medical marijuana doctors. You can book a same-day telemedicine appointment and get your certified physician recommendation in minutes—all from the privacy of your home. We are an easy-to-use and HIPAA compliant, so you know your information is safe.
Not only are we a secure and easy-to-use online platform of MMJ doctors, we’re a budding community of MMJ patient resources. Feel free to contact us with any questions about registering. And join our FB group to see what’s going on and what experts are sharing in our cannabis community.
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