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We are hearing from all over the state , that patients doctors are saying they have to wait till they are certified by the Ohio Medical Board.  Before HB523, doctor could recommend their patients try marijuana for their medical condition. Now with HB523 enacted into law starting September 8th, it actually protects physicians to make recommendation without any fear of being prosecuted and patients do not live in fear of breaking the law.

Due to doctors being misinformed of what the law actually say getting a recommendation has been very problematic.  Previously Ohio Patient Network,  strongly advised patients to talk to their physician and get a recommendation as soon as possible. We still do.  Having a recommendation provides a moderate level of legal protection and piece of mind.


Our challenge is to convince the medical community that is the law and they can not be punished or lose their medical license for doing so. We urge Ohio Patients to make a complaint to the Ohio Medical Board regarding getting a recommendation for your medical condition.  Here is a link to make a complaint to the Ohio Medical Board.  On the complaint form select "Medical Board" and fill in the rest of the information.  You can also send an Email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Please do both and keep us informed us what your physicians are telling you regarding making a recommendation and your complaint to the Ohio Medical Board. Ohio Patient Network is doing everything we can to convince the medical board to become aware of what the law and to communicate that information to Ohio Doctors.  We do need your help by writing a complaint and/or an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


For your reference here is a list of qualifying conditions as specified in HB523 Ohio's Medical Marijuana bill - Crohn’s disease; Epilepsy or another seizure disorder; Fibromyalgia; Hepatitis C; Inflammatory bowel disease; Multiple sclerosis; Chronic and Severe Pain, Intractable pain, CTE, Parkinson’s disease, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Sickle cell anemia, Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS/HIV), Alzheimer’s disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Cancer, Tourette’s syndrome, Traumatic brain injury (TBI), and Ulcerative colitis.

 We still strongly suggests you talk to your physician and do the following in a friendly non-confrontational manner concerning a recommendation.  Below is our suggestion on how to approach you doctor.

   1)        Gather up and organize all your medical records, including your current medications.

2)         Keep a master copy of your medical records, and always get a copy of any paperwork you sign.

3)         Gather credible information about your condition and the use of cannabis (AKA marijuana).

4)         Establish or have an ongoing relationship with a local doctor.

5)         Provide them with your records (if a new doctor).

6)         Leave your fear at home, your talk with your doctor is private.

7)         Be open and honest in your discussion.  

8)       Ask your physician what they they think.

9)         Discuss the benefits that cannabis has for your condition.

10)    Consider including your current methods of use (inhalation, sublingual, topical, ingestion etc.).

11)    Then bring up asking for a medical marijuana recommendation. 

12)  Be polite and sincere throughout your conversation.

If denied, hear delay and excuses do not hesitate to make a complaint using the link 

to make a complaint to the Ohio Medical Board.  

Please contact us after making your complaint or success obtaining a recommendation.