Ohio's Medical Marijuana Program

Ohio’s medical marijuana law officially takes effect today, but there aren’t any cultivation operations up and running yet to produce the herb, nor are there any dispensaries ready to open their doors for patients looking to purchase cannabis products.

In fact, the full scale of the state’s newfound medical marijuana program is not expected to be realized until sometime in 2018.

But fortunately, there are some protections contained in the new law that will allow patients to get their hands on the medicine they need while the state hashes out the details.

When Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 523 earlier this year -- a move that made Ohio the 25th state in the country to legalize a comprehensive medical marijuana program – the law came with a condition that allows patients with a recommendation from a state-licensed doctor to obtain cannabis products from a legal state – like neighboring Michigan.

Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana Programs by State

Although cannabis remains illegal on the federal level in the United States, some individual states have legalized cannabis for valid medical purposes (and two states, Washington and Colorado, have legalized cannabis both medically and recreationally). 

Here's a list of which states authorize medical marijuana for valid, qualified patients. Each entry includes a link to the state's qualifying conditions, as well as a rundown of which medical conditions and symptoms must be verified by a physician in order to get authorized as a valid medical marijuana patient. Please note that some states allow physicians to approve other medical conditions not listed on a case-by-case basis, so check with your doctor. Please be aware that Leafly’s crowd sourced strain data does not constitute professional medical advice.