Can I be/have a caregiver for a medical marijuana patient in Ohio?

Yes, medical marijuana patients in Ohio can have a caregiver. Caregivers must be added to the registry and linked to the patient by the certifying physician.


Caregiver Requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years of age and an Ohio resident.
    • Parents of a minor patient who otherwise meet the requirements may be 18 or older.
  • Pass an eligibility review/background check.

  • Caregivers must use a different email address than their patients.
  • Caregivers can also be a patient using the same email address as their personal patient account.

  • Caregivers who are also patients may not have a caregiver themselves.

  • Caregivers may serve up to two (2) patients.

​To apply as a caregiver, follow this process:

  1. Ensure that your patient has provided your information to their recommending physician so you can be added as their caregiver.

  2. Locate the caregiver activation email, which will be generated once your information has been submitted to the Ohio Patient & Caregiver Registry.

    1. The email will come from with the subject line "ACTION NEEDED: Ohio MMCP Registry - Account Registration and Payment Submission."
    2. Check your spam/junk if you cannot find the email in your inbox.
  3. Activate your registry account and create a new password.
  4. Once your account is activated, the background check will be performed, which can take up to 7-10 business days to complete.
    1. You must be linked to a patient for the background check to process.
  5. You'll receive an email when your caregiver status has been approved.
  6. Once your caregiver status is approved, download your registry card to purchase medical marijuana on behalf of your patient.

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