Newsletter for Ohio's CTR Physicians

The State Medical Board of Ohio approved 14 new certificate to recommend medical marijuana (CTR) applications in May bringing the total number of certified physicians to 484. Patients can now access an interactive map of physicians with an active CTR on the State Medical Board website. Click here to view this new feature.

NEW! Ability to List Multiple CTR Practice Addresses


When you applied for a CTR in, you were given the option to designate a mailing address and a public address. Your public address is the location in which you practice medicine, and under Ohio law, the Medical Board is required to publish the practice address of all physicians with an active CTR.


The board recognizes that you may have one or more CTR office locations that differ from your main practice location. To ensure the correct information is captured and published for the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program, we have created a survey for you to provide a list of all addresses you wish to list on the medical marijuana physician locator.


If you have already completed the survey, you do not need to submit it again.

New Qualifying Conditions Could Be Added June 12


Under Ohio law, all of the following are already qualifying medical conditions: AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy 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.


On Wednesday, May 8, the Medical Marijuana Expert Review committee reviewed expert reports for the petitions that met OMMCP requirements. During the Medical Board meeting on Wednesday, June 12, the board will review the committee’s recommendation and vote to accept or reject the petitions for additional conditions.


The next window to petition for additional qualifying conditions will take place Nov. 1- Dec. 31, 2019.

Operational Dispensaries

  • Northeast-1 Clubhouse Dispensary 709 Sugar Ln., Elyria
  • Northeast-1 Rise 1920 Cooper Foster Park Rd. W., Lorain
  • Northeast-2 Terrasana Labs 10500 Antenucci Rd., Suite 200,    Garfield Heights
  • Northeast-4 The Botanist 3840 Greentree Ave. SW, Canton
  • Northeast-4 FRX Health 1865 Dresden Ave., East Liverpool
  • Northeast-5 The Botanist 30133 Euclid Ave., Wickliffe
  • Northeast-6 gLeaf Medical Cannabis 2932 Youngstown Rd. SE, Warren
  • Northwest-3 Rise 3157 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo
  • Northwest-7 Terrasana Labs 1800 E State St, Fremont
  • Northwest-8 The Forest Sandusky, LLC 1651 Tiffin Ave., Sandusky
  • Southeast-1 Buckeye Botanicals LLC 3 Acy Ave., Jackson
  • Southeast-3 Terrasana Labs 656 Grandview Ave., Columbus
  • Southeast-7 Ohio Cannabis Company 23024 County Road 621, Ste. 1, Coshocton
  • Southeast-9 CY+ 180 Main St., Wintersville
  • Southeast-9 Ohio Valley Natural Relief LLC 840 Canton Rd., Wintersville

Standard of Care

You may have patients who present their own medical records for your review. Due to the regulation of the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP), you are encouraged to receive patient records directly from a health care provider. This will help you safely ensure the information in the records is reliable.


To recommend the use of medical marijuana, you must also have a bona fide, physician-patient relationship established with an in-person visit. Telemedicine encounters cannot be used to make a recommendation.


All physicians with an active CTR are encouraged to review the full list of requirements from  Rule 4731-32-03 Standard of care in the Ohio Administrative Code. Once these requirements have been met, you will be able to recommend up to a 90-day supply of medical marijuana with three refills.

Keeping Your CTR Active

To apply for a certificate to recommend, a physician must meet the requirements outlined in Rule 4731-32-02, Ohio Administrative Code. Once obtained, your CTR is an endorsement that attaches to your current license, and it will remain active when you renew your license. In addition, you are required to complete 2 hours of approved CME each year and upload evidence of completion during the online license renewal process.

Ohio State Medical Association approved courses
Ohio Osteopathic Association approved courses

Patient & Caregiver Registry

In order to obtain medical marijuana, patients and their caregivers must have a certified physician register them in the Patient & Caregiver Registry and make a recommendation for the treatment. The registry is an online portal that runs parallel to OARRS and is monitored by the State Board of Pharmacy.


To register a patient or caregiver, you will need their first and last name, date of birth, email address and the number from a valid, government issued ID (Ohio driver’s license, Ohio identification card issued by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), or a valid United States passport). Watch this short video for full instructions on how to add individuals to the Patient & Caregiver Registry.


Special Circumstances

If needed, you can register an individual as both a patient and a caregiver. This Quick Reference Guide: Registering as Both Patient & Caregiver will provide instructions on how to complete this type of registration.


Patients who qualify for veteran or indigent status can have their registration fee reduced by 50 percent. Use this Quick Reference Guide: Registering with Indigent/Veteran Status to learn how to indicate a patient with special status when adding them to the registry.


Activating a Medical Marijuana Card

Once you have finished registering the patient or caregiver, they will receive an email with a link from Then they will need to create a secure password for their registry and submit their registration fee. The Quick Reference Guide: Activating Your Medical Marijuana Card provides patients information about the three-step process to activate their card.


Patients seeking to qualify for registration with special status (such as US veterans) should not submit payment for their registration fee until their status has been approved by the Board of Pharmacy.



Before a caregiver can purchase medical marijuana on behalf of a patient, their eligibility must be confirmed in the registry. This additional step occurs after the caregiver fee is remitted, and the caregiver status will not be active until it is completed.


Like patients, caregivers are emailed a link to the registry once a certified physician makes a recommendation, and they can use it to submit their registration fee. Unlike patients, the Pharmacy Board is required to search for the caregiver in seven databases identified in Rule 3796:7-2-02 of the Ohio Administrative Code. If the caregiver appears in one or more, the Pharmacy Board may deny the caregiver registration.


Caregiver registration can take up to 10 business days to complete, though it is often faster. When a caregiver’s status is approved, they will receive an email notification.


  • For questions about your CTR, email
  • For questions about technical difficulties accessing the Registry, call the Appriss Help Desk at 1-833-276-0100.
  • Additional resources can be found on the medical marijuana website. Click here to view.

OMMCP Helpline
1-877-4OH-MMCP (1-833-464-6627)

The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program Toll-Free Helpline responds to inquiries from patients, caregivers, and health professionals regarding adverse reactions to medical marijuana, and provides information about available services and additional assistance as needed.

Check with your personal attorney for additional rule interpretation and how to apply the statute and rules to your specific practice situation.
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