Applications for medical marijuana available

WINTERSVILLE — Ohio is now accepting applications for medical marijuana cards.

The first step in the application process requires potential patients to schedule an examination with an approved physician possessing a certificate to recommend. A certificate to recommend means the physician has completed all training required by the state.

Perspective patients must have a valid government-issued identification, including minors. Acceptable identification includes current drivers license, state identification card or passport. Minors needing a valid state identification should contact a local deputy registrar location. In the case of a minor, the caregiver also must possess valid identification.

Medical insurance cannot be used to purchase medical marijuana but can be used for the doctor’s visit, officials noted.

Once a patient has been given a physician’s recommendation, the doctor’s office will enter the person’s name into the patient and caregiver registry. After a name is entered, an e-mail will be sent to the patient to confirm all information and collect the annual fee. The fee for patients is $50 per year, and caregivers must pay $25. Discounts are available for veterans and low-income individuals, according to officials.

The patient registry card can be downloaded to any smartphone or printed out.

The law creating Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program lists 21 conditions qualifying someone to obtain medical marijuana.

They include AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Crohn’s disease or another seizure disorder, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, 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, spinal cord disease or injury, Tourette’s syndrome, traumatic brain injury and ulcerative colitis.

It is currently illegal to smoke marijuana in the state, but the law does allow for vaping. The other acceptable forms of usage include oils, tinctures, plant material, edibles and patches.

Currently the dispesaries are only selling the flower of the plant which can be used for either vaping or cooking.

The state is taking applications to add additional conditions and uses.

For information about medical marijuana the MMCP can be contacted at (833) 464-6627 or on their website