July 2019 Newsletter for Ohio's CTR Physicians

The CTR newsletter is distributed to physicians with an active CTR and provides important updates for the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program. 

The State Medical Board of Ohio approved 18 new certificate to recommend medical marijuana (CTR) applications in July bringing the total number of active certified physicians to 527.

Qualifying Conditions Update 

 The State Medical Board of Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Expert review committee plans to meet August 14 to further discuss additional qualifying conditions.

During the subcommittee meeting, board members will hear from experts on autism spectrum disorder and anxiety. There will be no formal action during this meeting. The earliest the full board could vote on adding qualifying conditions would be during the September 11 meeting. Agendas and updates will be posted on the Medical Board website: https://med.ohio.gov/The-Board/Board-Meetings-Minutes.

Operational Dispensaries

Ohio now has 20 operational dispensaries where a patient with a recommendation may purchase their medical marijuana product.  

Board Seeks Subject Matter Experts 
The State Medical Board of Ohio has been tasked with reviewing the petitions to add qualifying medical conditions to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP). The board is currently seeking qualified subject matter experts to review the materials submitted in support of these petitions. 

The next period for petitions of proposed diseases or conditions will be November 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, with the review by subject-matter experts immediately to follow. 

Pursuant to Ohio Administrative Code 4731-32-05, the petition must detail: 
(1) The name and contact information for the person submitting the petition; 
(2) The specific disease or condition requested to be added as a qualifying condition; 
(3) Information from experts who specialize in the study of the disease or condition; 
(4) Relevant medical or scientific evidence pertaining to the disease or condition; 
(5) Consideration of whether conventional medical therapies are insufficient to treat or alleviate the disease or condition; 
(6) Evidence supporting the use of medical marijuana to treat or alleviate the disease or condition, including journal articles, peer-reviewed studies, and other types of medical or scientific documentation; 
(7) Letters of support provided by physicians with knowledge of the disease or condition. This may include a letter provided by the physician treating the petitioner, if applicable. 

The subject matter expert shall render a written opinion on the suitability of medical marijuana for the proposed disease or condition within 45 days following receipt of the materials to be reviewed. Board personnel will communicate instructions to the expert as to the format of the report. We anticipate the report from a subject matter expert to be 2-5 pages in length. 

If you are interested in becoming a subject matter expert reviewer, please submit a completed  questionnaire and a current copy of your curriculum vitae to  donald.davis@med.ohio.gov. Following receipt of this information, your name will be added to our list of subject matter experts. When the board receives a petition matching your background, experience, and specialty, board personnel will contact you with further details.

Available Products & Instructions

Rule 3796:6-3-08 of the Ohio Administrative Code requires dispensaries to “dispense medical marijuana in a manner consistent with any instructions for use as determined by the recommending physician.” As a reminder, patients are limited to the following amounts of medical marijuana in a 90-day period.

We’ve listed the types of products currently available through the Medical Marijuana Control program below. This list of products is expected to grow as the program continues to mature.


Registering Patients & Caregivers

An error message appears in the Patient & Caregiver Registry if medical marijuana is purchased using a name that does not exactly match the name in the patient’s registry record. This could be using a nickname, middle name or suffix that was not included during the initial registration process. Whenever this happens, another profile is created and the duplicate profiles must be manually reviewed to match the dispensations to the appropriate patient or caregiver. Until the review is complete, you will not be able to review the patient’s dispensation history or make another recommendation in their registry record.

To avoid this issue, please remember to register patients and caregivers in the registry exactly as their name appears on the government-issued ID tied to their account.

For more questions about this issue, email the Pharmacy Board at mmcp@pharmacy.ohio.gov.

Search Map Feature

If you applied for a CTR for any purpose other than making patient recommendations (e.g. research, specialized CME, etc.) please let us know and we will not feature your contact information on the map.

If you received your CTR this month, or have not yet provided all of the addresses you wish to list on the medical marijuana physician locator, please complete the survey below. Your name and practice address will not appear on the search map until your survey is submitted. 

Standard of Care

All physicians with an active CTR are expected to follow the full list of requirements in  Rule 4731-32-03 Standard of care in the Ohio Administrative Code. 


  • For questions about your CTR, email MedicalMarijuana@med.ohio.gov.
  • 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
1-833-4OH-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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