Even though marijuana has been legalized in the state of Ohio, a lot of people are still hesitant about the idea of using it for medical purposes. The stigma with marijuana has been around for a long time and it’s quite difficult to shake off.
Luckily, the state has established a great medical marijuana program that assures aspiring medical marijuana patients that they can be approved. Of course, the program also has its own requirements and qualifications but for as long you follow these steps, your chances of getting approved will improve.
Ever since the bill was approved summer of 2016, the medical marijuana program in the state has been up and running. However, unlike other states, the program’s application process doesn’t seem to be pretty easy. In fact, it’s quite challenging that most people don’t really expect to get approved.
But don’t worry. The following steps will guide you through the process and will increase your chances of winning their approval.
Find a Doctor
By now, you must be aware that for you to get a medical marijuana card, you need to have a qualifying condition. With this, it’s so much easier looking for a doctor to recommend medical marijuana as a form of treatment.
First thing you need to do is find a doctor who has been certified by the State Medical Board. These doctors are certified that they can recommend to patients. Fortunately, here’s a list of doctors that you can scan through to find the most suitable one for you.
Once you find a doctor, book an appointment and prepare yourself for that appointment. By preparations, we mean both financial and mental preparations. The visit won’t come cheap because these doctors have their own set of specialties; prepare around $100-$200 for the session.
Second, mentally prepare for one of the longest sessions of your life. You and your doctor will be discussing marijuana and your condition extensively to see if you do really qualify for that form of treatment.
This doctor will also be the one to submit a complete patient’s registration to the Ohio’s Board of Pharmacy. This registration will have lots of information to be filled up by your doctor.
Along with the submission of the doctor’s recommendation to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, you will be required to pay the application fee. The doctor will tell you how much so prepare an additional $50 for that.
Don’t be surprised with the amount you spend for your application alone because this is such a controlled industry and the state wants to maintain its integrity all the way.
Don’t forget to submit anything that will prove that you live in Ohio. The Board of Pharmacy will recognize your state-issued driver’s license, ID card, or your passport. All of these valid IDs will be needed before you submit your application.
After the submission, you will have to wait for the approval of the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program. The waiting time is only usually two weeks to a month. If you haven’t received anything, you can personally contact them through their website or phone number.
The process is fairly simple and you can also look it up here on Veriheal’s website: https://www.veriheal.com/ohio/. The websites has simplified the process and also shortened it. Another great service the website has offered is that it ge………..2ts in touch with patients whose cards will be expiring soon.
It aims to help the patients renew their medical marijuana cards without all the hassle. The patients will be re-certified by approved physicians and will only pay the $50 fee to be approved again.
Once you get approved and receive your card, you can now head on over to the most convenient dispensary near you. Just don’t forget to bring another valid ID card and enough cash to buy everything you want at the dispensary.
In Ohio, there are already over 13 dispensaries in Ohio that have been operating. Although there have been 56 licenses released for dispensaries, only one-fourth of the dispensaries are actually operating.
But that doesn’t have to be bad news for you because you still have lots of dispensaries to choose from. Buckeye Botanicals and Clubhouse Dispensary are just two of the most famous ones in Ohio that you can visit. The dispensaries are relatively close to each other so they’re not hard to reach.
Don’t be intimidated by the process for applying to the state’s marijuana program. Just prepare enough cash to pay for the doctor and application and you’ll be fine. Don’t hesitate just because it can be quite expensive, just think of it as an investment. What are you waiting for? Book an appointment with your doctor now and be a step closer to using medical marijuana.