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Ohio Adds 3 New Conditions Qualifying For Medical Marijuana

Huntington’s disease, terminal illness, and spasticity were added by the Ohio Medical Marijuana Board

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Three new conditions now quality Ohio patients for medical marijuana. The Ohio Medical Marijuana Board made the change on Wednesday, reports WKRC.

Huntington’s disease, terminal illness and spasticity were added to the qualifying medical marijuana conditions on Wednesday. They join a list that includes HIV/AIDS, cancer and chronic pain.

Before Wednesday, the Ohio board had added just one condition through the process so far, approving cachexia, or wasting syndrome, in 2020, reports The Cincinnati Inquirer.

The board voted to reject autism spectrum disorder, restless leg syndrome, panic disorder with agoraphobia and spasms to the list. That’s quite unfortunate, as Cannabis has proven to be helpful with all of those conditions.

Earlier this year, the board ruled arthritis, chronic migraines and complex regional pain syndrome are in the existing category of chronic or intractable pain. That makes patients suffering with any of those conditions eligible for medical marijuana.

Petitioners must present evidence that Cannabis is effective in treating or alleviating a particular condition. Physicians must also support the use of cannabis for the condition in question.

The board voted in April to more than double the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in Ohio. This came in response to complaints by patients about lack of access and expense.

The number of Ohio patients who have registered to purchase medical Cannabis is far higher than anticipated since dispensaries opened in January 2019. More than 155,000 patients have qualified and made purchases since then.

Patients must meet one of the qualifying medical conditions and have a recommendation from a state-certified doctor. Doctors must have a “bona fide” physician-patient relationship with the patient.