Thank you for your interest in Green Medicine at Aligned Health Center and medical marijuana. While the number of physicians in Ohio providing medical marijuana is constantly growing, the quality of care has not. Far too many companies lack a patient first approach, and we pride ourselves on focusing on the competent and compassionate care our board certified physicians have studied and trained to provide.
Please take a moment to review some frequently asked questions:
Is marijuana really legal?
While marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, it has been legalized in Ohio at the state level. It can only be recommended by physicians (MD/DO) specially endorsed by the state to do so.
Do I have to see a physician?
Yes. Not only is it required by law, but it ensures you are receiving the best possible care. At Green Medicine at Aligned Health Center we require a minimum of an initial in-person visit,and encourage another in-person follow-up at 30 days. This follow-up is optional and complimentary. After that we need to see you at least once a year, but more regular visits are encouraged and phone calls are welcomed. Update from the Ohio State Medical Board, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board is not going to enforce their rules requiring in-person patient visits to get a medical marijuana recommendation or renewal. This stance opens the door for telemedicine/virtual patient visits.
What happens at the first visit?
You will receive an evaluation by the physician including a review of your medical history, current treatment plan and treatment goals.
Can anyone get medical marijuana?
Under Ohio law, only patients with one of the following 21 qualifying medical conditions may currently participate in the medical marijuana program: 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 injury, and ulcerative colitis.
What do I need for the first visit?
All pre-visit forms must be completed and submitted a minimum of 3 business days prior to your appointment day. This is extremely important to ensure the physician has adequate time to review your records and determine if medical marijuana is the right treatment for you. You will also need a valid state issued photo ID, and cash or credit card for office fees. Due to federal regulations we cannot accept credit/debit cards or checks.
You will need to complete and sign the new patient information form, the consent to treatment form and the medical records release form. A copy of the medical records release form must be sent to BOTH your personal physician, as well as a copy sent to Green Medicine at Aligned Health Center. You will not be approved for treatment without these records.
Do you make a diagnosis?
No, you must be diagnosed by your personal physician, either an MD or a DO. At Green Medicine at Aligned Health Center we specialize in medical marijuana treatment, and focus exclusively on that. We do not diagnose medical conditions, or prescribe any other medications.
What are the fees?
The initial fee is $250 cash ($260 if using a credit card) and this covers your initial visit and a complimentary optional 30-day follow-up. You are welcome to come in at any time for additional follow-ups at a fee of $50 per visit. We accept both cash and credit cards. We do not accept personal checks.
What happens after the appointment?
If the physician determines medical marijuana is right for you, our office will enter you into Ohio’s patient registry. The state will then send you an email to set up your profile. You will be required to pay a registration fee with the state - $50 for patients and $25 for caregivers.
How do I get the actual marijuana?
Once you are fully registered with the State’s registry you will be sent a card that can be taken to any state licensed dispensary.Click here to Request an Appointment.