Since it became legal to purchase medical marijuana in Ohio, many are left wondering where to start. Unlike other forms of medication, you will not be given a prescription for medical marijuana. Before you can purchase cannabis from a dispensary, you will first need to get a medical marijuana card.
The Three-Step Process
If you believe that you qualify as a medical marijuana patient, there are three steps that you must take to purchase cannabis. Fortunately, those steps are relatively easy.
The first step is to visit a certified medical marijuana doctor. If that doctor determines that you are eligible to receive a medical marijuana card, a recommendation will be made to the state on your behalf.
The physician will need to review your history and medical records. It must be confirmed that you have previously sought treatment for your condition. Medical marijuana is recommended only as a last resort when traditional methods fail to help medical or psychological conditions.
Next, you will need to log in online to the Patient and Caregiver Registry. Here, you will complete the registration process and pay any necessary fees to receive your medical marijuana card in Ohio. Finally, you are ready to purchase medical marijuana from a licensed dispensary in Ohio.
It is important to note that the process of purchasing medical marijuana is not covered by insurance. You can expect to pay a few hundred dollars for the physician visit and card registration fees before you are able to purchase your first dose of cannabis.
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