What is a Medical Marijuana Card?
Medical Marijuana Cards are currently issued by 36 states, including Ohio. Medical Marijuana Cards legally permit the issued person (or their Caregiver) to purchase, transport, and administer marijuana for medicinal purposes. Your card and a valid form of ID are required to purchase medical marijuana at any state-regulated marijuana shops called dispensaries. You must be evaluated by a qualified doctor like those here at TCN before you will be issued a medical marijuana card.
How much is a Medical Marijuana Card?
The investment to begin Medical Marijuana treatment varies by state, the level of doctor service necessary for you in the registration process, and how long a state has had a Medical Marijuana program (more participating companies drives down cost). The Ohio State Medical Marijuana Registry charges $50 for the registration of your Medical Marijuana Card ($25 for everyone with verified Veteran & Indigent status). Your Medical Marijuana Card is valid for one year and must be renewed with your doctor before that year is up, this is further explained in “How Long is a Medical Marijuana Card Good For?” found below.
How can I get a Medical Marijuana Card?
States with Medical Marijuana programs require those interested in receiving a Medical Marijuana or Cannabis Card to first be “Recommended” (Ohio) or “Certified” (the term varies by state) by a specially trained Medical Doctor. In Ohio, the doctor designation for this program is certified-to-recommend (CTR). You must meet with the doctor (telemedicine visits have become very popular) for an evaluation of one of the pre-approved qualifying condition(s) or diagnosis of any of the associated symptoms with those conditions. The list of qualifying conditions can vary by state. Once your doctor recommendation or certification is registered with your state, you can print or download your card which is usually valid for one year.
Where can I get a Medical Marijuana Card?
Medical Marijuana Cards are issued by the state in which you are a legal resident. (if, like Ohio, that state has a government run Medical Marijuana program). 36 of the 50 states currently do, including the District of Columbia. All state Medical Marijuana or Cannabis programs require patients to be evaluated by a Medical or Osteopathic Doctor like those here at the Trusted Care Network. The doctor then registers the qualified patient in the state database as approved to get a Medical Marijuana Card. The patient then visits the state registry online portal to receive their card to purchase Medical Marijuana from dispensaries.
Can I get a Medical Marijuana Card online?
Yes. All states offer some version of an online portal to access a Medical Marijuana Card. In fact, Ohio’s registration is geared specifically to conduct the process online with in person service being the exception, not the rule. If you need help understanding the process, please give us a call (800)-484-5305.
How long is a Medical Marijuana Card valid for?
All Medical Marijuana or Medical Cannabis Cards will have an expiration date on them. It is up to the patient to renew their card prior to that expiration date. Most states require a doctor follow up and registered recommendation in order for a card to be renewed. In Ohio there are TWO expiration dates of which to be aware. The expiration date on the card is the last date a holder is legally allowed to possess and transport Medical Marijuana within the state. The last day you are permitted to purchase Medical Marijuana is one year from the date when your doctor submitted your recommendation (most likely your doctor appointment date). Therefore, it is very important that to continue using Medical Marijuana without interruption that your card is renewed at least one month in advance of the expiration date on the card. You can schedule a Medical Card renewal appointment here.
What is the minimum age to get a Medical Marijuana Card?
For Medical Marijuana Cards the minimum age is 18. In some states, including Ohio, minors younger than 18 may use Medical Marijuana under the supervision of a registered Caregiver parent (i.e. the Caregiver designation has been recommended by a CTR doctor and a Caregiver Medical Marijuana card has been issued from the state registry). Caregivers must be at least 21 years of age. Nine states, not including Ohio, currently issue cards for recreational marijuana use for those 21 and older.
What are the rules to get a Medical Marijuana Card?
The basic qualifying rules to receive a state issued Medical Marijuana Card are:
- You must have a healthcare provider diagnosis of any of the qualifying conditions and/or associated symptoms. Qualifying conditions vary by state. Here is a list of Ohio’s current 22 Medical Marijuana card qualifying conditions.
- You must meet visually (in-person or by telemedicine) with a state certified Medical Marijuana Doctor (In Ohio the designation is CTR) to be evaluated for the qualifying condition and/or associated symptoms. Because only Medical Doctors or Osteopaths can perform this evaluation, they are qualified to make a diagnosis of a patient’s condition.
- The CTR physician must officially recommend or certify to the state’s regulatory body (In Ohio it is the OHMM Registry) that a patient qualifies for a Medical Marijuana or Cannabis Card.
- Patients will only be admitted to Medical Marijuana dispensaries (shops) with a state issued card AND the identification presented when scheduling the doctor appointment.
Can my employer drug test me for Marijuana even if I am a registered for a state Medical Card?
Yes. Be advised drug use including Marijuana is cause for termination of any Federal employee. For private company employment we advise you to read your employer’s drug use and drug testing policy before seeking a Medical Marijuana Card. If Medical Cards are not explicitly addressed in the policy, then speak with your supervisor or human resources team. Ohio does not provide protection to Medical Marijuana patients from employer drug testing. It is the discretion of each private employer whether they recognize an employee’s Medical Marijuana approval as an exemption to company drug testing policies. TCN provides all patients with a personal treatment plan that can utilize legal alternative medicines such as CBD and Kratom. We can offer treatment recommendations that do not violate basic employer drug use policies.
How will a Medical Marijuana card impact my concealed carry permit?
Much like Medical Marijuana Cards, with a CCW license there is a conflict between federal law and state law. When purchasing a firearm federal ATF form 4473 must be filled out which includes the statement in Question 11-E: ” The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal Law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside.”
When applying for an Ohio CCW the application contains Question 4 sec IV: “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance as defined in 21 U.S.C. 802?”. With an Ohio Medical Marijuana Card you are not unlawful in the state of Ohio who issues the license, but still subject to federal laws of gun ownership.
It should be noted that the database for Ohio CCW’s and Ohio Medical Marijuana program’s Patient Registry system are not automatically cross-referenced. Because the Ohio State registry is protected PHI (personal health information) and cannot be accessed by any law enforcement agency without probable cause and a warrant. Receiving a Medical Marijuana Card while possessing a CCW will not cause automatic revocation. Your record of treatment with TCN is also protected PHI under federal HIPAA privacy law.
However, it is not recommended to apply for an Ohio CCW while you are actively undergoing medical marijuana treatment.
Can Medical Marijuana be delivered like my prescriptions?
Currently in Ohio the delivery of Medical Marijuana is not permitted, but revised legislation is under consideration. Instead, Ohio provides for a “Caregiver” card that allows a registered friend or family member to purchase, transport, and help you with administration. Caregivers are not permitted to administer a patient’s Medical Marijuana for themselves. TCN can register a Caregiver for you.
Are Medical Marijuana cards covered by insurance?
No. Because of Marijuana’s federal status, insurance companies will not conduct associated transactions. The Safe Banking Act is gaining support in congress that would allow financial institutions to work with the Cannabis industry without fear of federal sanctions.
Am I guaranteed to receive a Medical Marijuana Card?
Medical Marijuana is intended to treat symptoms associated with any of the 22 Qualifying Conditions. If you have a documented diagnosis for any of these conditions, then the evaluation for your recommendation is very straightforward. If you experience any symptoms without a documented diagnosis, then our doctors will evaluate your potential to have one of the qualifying conditions and recommend based on their sound medical judgment.
Is my Medical Marijuana Card only valid in one state?
There are currently 9 states that have out-of-state Marijuana Card reciprocity: Arizona, Arkansas, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, and Washington, DC. Ohio does not reciprocally accept Medical Cards from other states. Patients must be recommended and registered in Ohio to purchase Medical Marijuana in Ohio, but an Ohio card is valid in the aforementioned states.