Medical Marijuana certification for eligible patients

Medical Marijuana

“Nature itself is the best physician”

– Hippocrates

The nature of Orthopedic injuries and conditions means that many of our patients are dealing with constant, sometimes debilitating pain. Prescription painkillers help, but patients can quickly build up a resistance to medication, requiring larger, stronger doses to keep pain under control. The risk of addiction is high, and the results of over-prescribing opioid painkillers can be seen in the news on a daily basis. Medical marijuana can help avoid such dangerous pitfalls. 

At Dayton Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Center, we take pain management incredibly seriously. In an effort to provide our patients with every available option, Dr Jonathan Paley has been licensed by the State of Ohio to recommend Medical Marijuana remedies.

What are the qualifying medical conditions that may be treated with medical cannabis in Ohio?

Medical cannabis patients must have one or more of the following conditions:

Chronic, severe or intractable pain from but not limited to: 

  • Severe, traumatic, chronic orthopedic injuries
  • Restricted joint motion
  • Failed total joint arthroplasty
  • Painful scar tissue with joint contracture
  • Failed spine surgery
  • Amputation
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord disease or injury
  • Fibromyalgia
  • PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder)
  • Hepatitis C
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Chronic regional pain syndrome types 1 and 2 (RSD)
  • Chronic refractory joint instability
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Epilepsy or another seizure disorder
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Tourette’s syndrome

How do I become a legal cannabis patient in Ohio?

Patients are required to be a resident of Ohio and have at least one qualifying condition (see above) diagnosed by a physician.

What will I need for my appointment?

You will need a photo ID and medical records regarding the condition for which you are trying to enter the program.

Will my health insurance cover the certification process and all fees?

No. Insurance companies do not cover the cost of certification in Ohio because marijuana is still illegal at the federal level.

What will take place at my visit
with Dr. Jonathan Paley?

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Dr. Paley will review your medical records, assess your medical history, maintain your patient records and provide follow-up care as needed.

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Once you have completed your assessment, Dr Paley will issue you with a recommendation to use medical marijuana products.


We will submit all of the paperwork required by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, ensuring that your medical marijuana recommendation is fully compliant with the law.

How much will the Ohio medical cannabis certification cost?

Ohio medical marijuana certification

This price includes assistance with paperwork, medical marijuana education, the doctor’s visit, and any other help throughout the process.

Ohio medical marijuana certification for Veterans

If you are a Veteran of the US Armed Services, we are pleased to be able to offer you $25 off the price of initial consultation as thanks for your service.

Army / Navy / Air Force / Marines / Coast Guard / Reserves

Ohio Board of Pharmacy mandatory annual fees

There are mandatory annual fees that patients and caregivers must pay to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy.

Not included in the consultation fee listed above





Where can I fax my medical records so that they can be viewed by the physician at the time of my medical marijuana evaluation?

You can fax your records to 937-436-7399 or you can have them emailed to

How long will a patient’s Ohio medical cannabis registration be valid?

A patient or caregiver registration will be valid from the date of issuance and expire one year later, on the last day of the month it was issued. If the patient is diagnosed as terminally ill, the patient’s registration will expire after six months.

Will a patient’s registration status be made publicly available?

No. The law prohibits the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, as well as Ohio licensed dispensaries, from making personal identifying information public. Physicians and those employed by dispensaries will be able to verify a patient or caregiver’s registration.

What forms of medical marijuana will be available in Ohio?

The following forms of medical marijuana are permitted: oils, tinctures, plant material, edibles and patches. The law prohibits the use of medical marijuana by smoking or combustion, but does allow for vaporization (vaping). The law prohibits any form that is attractive to children.

What happens if I am stopped by law enforcement?

As a legal marijuana patient, you are protected. Patients do not have to disclose that they possess medical cannabis and do not have to consent to a search. However, if a search is conducted and medical cannabis is found, the patient should inform the police that he/she is a medical cannabis patient.



Since 1993, Dayton Orthopedic Surgery has been dedicated to delivering the gold-standard for Orthopedic care in the Miami Valley. With over 60 years’ combined experience, our expert staff treats a wide range of bone and joint dysfunctions caused by trauma, sports injuries and degenerative conditions.  

From initial diagnosis all the way through to physical therapy, Dayton Orthopedic Surgery is devoted to getting you back to you again.

Workplace injury

Physical Therapy

Medical Marijuana

Regenerative Medicine

Total joint replacement

Shoulder injury

Knee Injury

Carpal Tunnel

Sports Medicine

Bone & Joint Health

Neck & Spine Injury

Lower Limb surgical procedures

Upper Limb Surgical Procedures

Pain Management 

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