House Bill 523 became effective on September 8, 2016.

This bill legalized the use of medical marijuana in Ohio for people with certain medical conditions and who receive a recommendation from an Ohio-licensed physician certified by the State Medical Board. Three Ohio state government agencies are responsible for the operation of the program. The Ohio Department of Commerce is responsible for overseeing cultivators, processors and testing laboratories. The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy is responsible for overseeing retail dispensaries, and the registration of patients and caregivers. The State Medical Board of Ohio is responsible for certifying physicians to recommend medical marijuana. Galenas LLC is a licensed Level II medical marijuana cultivator in Ohio.

Conditions for which medical marijuana may be recommended by a physician include:

  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome(AIDS/HIV)
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Cancer
  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy or another seizure disorder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pain (either chronic and severe pain or intractable pain)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Spinal cord disease or injury
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Ulcerative colitis

Additionally, the state medical board may add conditions under section 4731.302 of the Ohio Revised Code.