What does the designation of “Terminal” add to my recommendation?

Terminal Illness is defined as a medical condition resulting in a life expectancy of 6 months of less. Using that Qualifying Condition and registry designation allows the patient to purchase an additional amount of medical cannabis during each fill period.  Some dispensaries offer discounts to patients with this diagnosis. “Terminal” is indicated on the patient’s Ohio Medical Marijuana Registry card. Under most circumstances, a patient designated as terminal would have a caregiver linked in the system.  The patient’s card is to be deactivated upon death of the patient by the recommending physician who should be notified by the caregiver of the patient’s passing.

What is a Caregiver?

A caregiver is authorized to accompany a patient into a dispensary or go to a dispensary on behalf of a patient. Caregivers are required for patients under the age of 18 and are highly recommended for patients designated Terminal.

  • Caregivers:
    • A patient can add a caregiver at any time after providing all necessary registry requirements
    • A patient is limited to two caregivers
    • A patient can be a caregiver, but a patient who is a caregiver cannot have a caregiver
    • A patient can revoke caregiver status at any time
    • A caregiver is limited to two patients
What is Veteran or Indigent Status?

Veterans and those individuals receiving SSI or SSDI are eligible to received a discounted yearly registry fee. To receive the state discount, a request for Indigent or Veteran status must be made prior to payment of the initial state registration or renewal fee.  Status changes are not retroactive, and no rebates are provided by the state.  Documentation of Indigent or Veteran status is not required at the time of renewal once in the registry. Read More

What changes to the Registry can be self-administered?

A patient or caregiver may change the following demographic information in the registry:

  • Email address
  • Physical address
  • Telephone number
What are the benefits of Using AltRxMed

Expert advice using cannabis as a medicine
Addition and updates to caregivers associated with your registration
Petition to the State for Indigent or Veteran Status
Free follow up visits for questions during active recommendation period
Conversion to Terminal Illness upon request and documentation

Other Forms of Identification Approved by the Board of
Pharmacy to Demonstrate Ohio Residency

• Birth Certificate – original or certified copy issued by an appropriate governmental
agency of any state, territory, or possession of the United States;
• United States Passport or United States Passport Card – valid and unexpired with
• Consular Report of Birth Abroad – issued by the U.S. Department of State, Form
FS240, DS-1350, or FS-545;
• Certificate of Naturalization – Form N-550 or N-570 issued by the U.S. Department
of Homeland Security (DHS);
• Certificate of Citizenship – Form N-560 or N-561 issued by DHS;
• Permanent Resident Card – valid and unexpired Form I-551 issued by DHS, U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), or Immigration and Naturalization
Services (INS);
• I-797 Case Type of N-565 (Application for Replacement
Naturalization/Citizenship Document) – with a notice type of receipt, approval, or
fee waiver; OR
• Driver’s License or Other Identification – issued by another state, territory, or
possession of the United States.

Plus two (2) additional forms proving Ohio residency.

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Renewing your registration

In the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program, patients renew their registration by completing a two-step process. Read more

Patient and Caregiver Newsletter

The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program publishes a periodic newsletter which contains useful information about changes to the program. It can be found here.