Medical (Comprehensive)

Important Dates

1975: Marijuana was decriminalized, making the possession of 100 grams or less a minor misdemeanor.
House Bill 523 permitted the use of medical marijuana.


In 2016, House Bill 423 became effective and legalized the use of medical marijuana in Ohio for people with qualifying conditions. There are currently no operating dispensaries in the state but the patient registry should be available starting in late 2018.


Can I possess, buy or grow marijuana in Ohio?

Only patients participating in the state’s Medical Marijuana Control program can purchase and possess up to a 90-day supply of marijuana at one time. Only edible, vapor, oil and patch forms of cannabis are legal. Patients are not able to legally grow marijuana in their homes. Qualifying medical conditions include but are not limited to: Lou Gehrig’s disease, Cancer, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Tourette’s, Ulcerative Colitis, Parkinson’s disease, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Sickle Cell Anemia and HIV.

Can I operate a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana in Ohio?

In Ohio, a person cannot operate a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana (2 ng/ml in blood or 10 ng/ml in urine of marijuana or 50 ng/ml in blood or 35 ng/ml in urine of marijuana metabolite).

How do I get a medical marijuana card in Ohio?

The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy is expected to begin issuing medical marijuana cards no later than September 2018.

Can I sell marijuana in Ohio?

Only state licensed dispensaries will be able to sell marijuana in Ohio.


The information presented here should not be construed as legal advice. State and Federal laws are always subject to change. We aim to keep this page as updated as possible; however, for additional information regarding Ohio marijuana laws, please see Find Law and the National Conference of State Legislatures.