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Do I Need Medical Records to Get an Ohio Medical Marijuana Card?

Do I Need Medical Records to Get an Ohio Medical Marijuana Card?

Many patients seeking treatment for qualifying conditions have questions about how to obtain a medical marijuana card in Ohio. For a complete guide from DocMJ, see “How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card in Ohio.” For instructions on renewing a medical marijuana card, see “A Guide to Renewing Your Ohio Medical Marijuana Card.” In this article, we address the medical documentation required to support your request for a medical marijuana recommendation

Medical Marijuana (MMJ) is used to treat a number of qualifying conditions. You can find out if you pre-qualify for a recommendation in just two steps! First, Take our eligibility survey. Once qualified for an in-person exam,  you’ll receive scheduling instructions to see one of our Ohio Medical Marijuana Doctors. Completing the survey takes only 5 minutes. Find out if you pre-qualify for a medical marijuana recommendation today!

Qualifying Medical Conditions

Ohio House Bill 523 requires that anyone seeking a medical marijuana card provide detailed medical records which document a qualifying condition. Only patients with one of the following medical conditions may currently participate in Ohio’s medical marijuana program:1 

  • 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 injuries
  • ulcerative colitis


What Medical Records are Required for a Recommendation?

Medical records must show evidence of one of the above qualifying conditions. Requesting records from a physician’s office or hospital will typically require a form be filled out and submitted either electronically, in person, or by mail. As this process varies by location, patients should contact their physician’s office or hospital to determine the best process. Patients who are part of the OhioHealth network of facilities in the Greater Columbus Area, Athens, Delaware, Marion, Mansfield, and Shelby may already have an “OhioHealth MyChart” account and may access it by obtaining an activation code from any member of their healthcare team to login at MyChart.OhioHealth.com. Patients of the FollowMyHealth system may access their health records here: Berger Hospital or O’Bleness Hospital. If you are unable to obtain your medical records, our office can request them for you prior to your exam. 

For those whose treating physician does not supply a form for medical records requests, it is recommended to send a letter in writing with the following information:

  • Your name, including your maiden name (if applicable)
  • Social Security number
  • Date of birth
  • Address and phone number
  • Email address
  • Record(s) being requested
  • Date(s) of service (months and years under the doctor’s care)
  • Signature
  • Delivery option (pick up, fax, email, etc.)


A template for making such requests may be found here

Is Medical Marijuana Right for Me?

Our caring staff of Ohio Medical Marijuana Doctors is ready to evaluate your condition. If you feel you have a condition that is treatable with medical marijuana, the first step is to take our eligibility survey. In just 5 minutes, you could pre-qualify for a Ohio medical marijuana recommendation. An Ohio Medical Marijuana Doctor will then determine if you qualify during an in-person exam. For more information, visit https://docmj.com/states/ohio-medical-marijuana-card/.


  1. https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-HB-523
  2. https://mychart.ohiohealth.com/mychart/Authentication/Login?
  3. https://bergerhealth.followmyhealth.com/Login/Home/Index?authproviders=0&returnArea=PatientAccess#!/default
  4. https://ohiohealth.followmyhealth.com/Login/Home/Index?authproviders=0&returnArea=PatientAccess#!/default
  5. http://www.atyourbusiness.com/medicalrecords-letter.php