The Vote To Add New Qualifying Conditions For Medical Marijuana In Ohio Has Been Delayed

On Wednesday, the Ohio State Medical Board decided to delay a vote regarding adding new qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in Ohio.

The vote on whether or not to add Anxiety and Autism as qualifying conditions was delayed by Board President Dr. Michael Schottenstein due to the fact that two members joined the board recently and haven’t had time to consider the expert testimony about the conditions.

No date was set for the vote, but the board will meet again in July. The medical board voted against recommending depression, insomnia, and opioid use disorder to the list of conditions.

Schottenstein said that board members “received a lot of new information, both pro and con,” regarding Autism and Anxiety in recent weeks, including a letter from Nationwide Children’s Hospital urging the board to reject the conditions due to a lack of double-blind clinical research into marijuana as a treatment.

Currently, there are 21 conditions that qualify for access to medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation. Since December 2018, more than 31,000 people have received patient ID cards to obtain medical marijuana for treatment.

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