Education >> Medical Marijuana Course Certification

Medical Use of Marijuana

A physician is not permitted to issue a state of Ohio approved written recommendation to use medical marijuana until the physician has obtained a certificate to recommend from the State Medical Board of Ohio. A requirement of obtaining a certificate to recommend is “the applicant must have competed at least two hours (per year) of continuing medical education in a course or courses certified by the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) or the Ohio Osteopathic Association (OOA) that assist physicians in both of the following:

  1. Diagnosing qualifying medical conditions as defined in Ohio Revised Code Section 3796.01.    
  2. Treating qualifying medical conditions with medical marijuana, including the characteristics of medical marijuana and possible drug interactions.”

As stated in Ohio Revised Code Section 4731.30 (F) Certificate to Recommend Medical Use of Marijuana.

Course Certification & Application Process:

>> Read Criteria & Complete Application

Accredited provider needs to complete:

>> CME Course Details form
>> Content Attestation form

If approved, a formal confirmation will be sent to the applicant.
The applicant must provide proof of OSMA certification to the State Medical Board of Ohio to receive final approval of the medical marijuana CME offering.

To prevent potential conflict of interests, the OSMA will not review any course content nor designate any courses for AMA PRA Category 1™ credit.
>> Find an accredited provider at:


>> Ohio's  Medical Marijuana Control Program


Related News: (Oct. 20, 2016):
Ohio Medical Board isn't blocking doctors from recommending medical marijuana, official says

New York Times (Sept. 8, 2016):
Questions Remain as Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Law Takes Effect

Plain Dealer (Sept. 8, 2016):
Medical Marijuana is Now Legal in Ohio, But Not Much Changes for Patients

Toledo Blade (Sept. 4, 2016):
Ohioans left in legal limbo as marijuana law kicks in


For more information:

Course Certification: Traci Benzing • (614) 527-6765

Media Inquiries: Reggie Fields • (614) 527-6726

Regulations: Jennifer Hayhurst​ • (614) 527-6766



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