Your Guide to Ohio Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
You or your caregiver can legally purchase marijuana in Ohio from any dispensary licensed by the Board of Pharmacy if you have a valid medical marijuana card. Obtaining a card is a straightforward yet comprehensive process that requires demonstrating that you have a qualifying condition, visiting a registered medical marijuana doctor, and submitting a medical marijuana patient application to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program.
The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy has placed licensed dispensaries throughout the state to ensure access to quality medical cannabis regardless of where you live. The facilities must comply with rigorous safety and quality standards to retain their license to operate.
Ohio balances patient safety and convenience to provide eligible patients with life-changing cannabis products. Don't let apprehension about obtaining cannabis stop you from pursuing a transformative mode of symptom management.
Read on to learn where you can find dispensaries in Ohio and what to expect from the purchasing experience.
Where Can You Buy Ohio Medical Marijuana?
As of August 2022, 58 dispensaries operate throughout Ohio. Each facility is licensed and regulated by the Board of Pharmacy. They must comply with the rules of the Medical Marijuana Control Program. Ohio dispensaries only sell products derived from safely cultivated cannabis plants.
Dispensaries in Ohio include:
- Bloom Medicinals in Akron
- Harvest of Athens in Athens
- Zen Leaf in Bowling Green
- The Botanist in Canton
- Zen Leaf in Cincinnati
- Sunnyside in Cincinnati
- RISE in Cleveland
- Bloom Medicinals in Columbus
- Strawberry Fields in Columbus
- Pure Ohio Wellness in Dayton
What’s it Like Buying Medical Marijuana in Ohio?
You can shop at any dispensary you choose once you have your medical marijuana card. Current laws allow dispensaries to sell oils, tinctures, plant material, edibles, lotions, creams, and patches to those with qualifying medical conditions like epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, seizure disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, traumatic brain injury, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, tourette’s syndrome, and Alzheimer’s disease. Ohioans can vape cannabis, but it cannot be smoked or combusted.
Dispensaries are secure facilities that are strictly regulated under Ohio’s medical marijuana laws. They all offer a wide variety of cannabis products that contain THC and/or CBD for those with official MMJ identification cards. A staff member will verify your identity (usually by asking to see your driver’s license) and eligibility to purchase cannabis before granting you access to the facility. Once checked in, you will be let into a showroom where the product is kept behind secured counters.
Workers at dispensaries can answer questions about the strains of marijuana on sale and offer advice about how they treat the symptoms of particular conditions. You will have a 90-day purchase maximum, divided into two 45-day fill periods based on the consumption method and dose specified by your doctor.
The dispensaries also have online stores where you can make purchases for home delivery. You must receive the product in person and present your medical marijuana card to accept deliveries, though.
Tips for Purchasing Medical Marijuana Products
Ohio dispensaries sell medical-grade marijuana with clearly labeled size, strain type, and concentration measurements. Regardless of your history with cannabis, you should always begin with the lowest dose of your chosen product and modify your intake based on your response.
Advisors at the dispensaries can offer guidance, but your unique biochemistry and metabolism will dictate how your symptoms respond to medical marijuana. Generally, products containing Sativa affect the mind and emotions. They can be energizing and sharpen focus, making them appropriate for managing anxiety and stress.
Indica products are associated with physical effects. They are often used to improve sleep, manage chronic pain, and ease muscle tension. Dispensaries also sell Hybrid products that offer a combined mental and physical effect. They can be appropriate for wider-ranging symptoms of many chronic and debilitating conditions.
Dispensaries carry different product lines, offer various loyalty programs and discounts, and have unique purchase policies. Shopping around and trying various products will help you find the best medication for managing your symptoms.
Need Help Applying for a Ohio Medical Marijuana Card?
Due to the continued prohibition of recreational marijuana in Ohio, you can only legally purchase and possess cannabis with a medical marijuana card. The Sanctuary can help you determine your eligibility for enrolling in the cannabis program.
Our team can then refer you to a trained medical marijuana doctor who will review your case, explain the benefits and risks of treating yourself with marijuana, and issue a written certification if they believe it’s warranted.
We will then advise you on the required supplemental paperwork and application process so you can secure your right to purchase cannabis as quickly as possible.