An Ohio-based physician panel has recommended against adding opioid use disorder, depression, and insomnia as new qualifying conditions for medical cannabis in the state of Ohio.
The panel did however endorse the use of medical cannabis for the treatment of anxiety and autism spectrum disorders, but the Ohio State Medical Board has now opted to postpone voting on whether to add these two conditions to the list of qualifying conditions for the state’s medical marijuana program. The medical board voted in agreement with the panel of physicians regarding the former three conditions.
Residents of Ohio are able to propose new conditions to be added the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis under 2016 legislation. Many Ohioans petitioned to have the five above conditions added to the medical marijuana service, including many parents desperate for help with children struggling with autism spectrum disorders. These individuals now wait in limbo as there is no movement regarding wether or not autism spectrum disorders and anxiety will be approved a conditions to be treated with medical marijuana.
“Families are very anxious in waiting for the decision, and we’re putting all of our faith in the Ohio Medical Board in hope that they do the right things for our kids because our kids are suffering every day,” said Tiffany Carwile, director of the Ohio chapter of Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism.
When it comes to approving new conditions, Dr. Michael Schottenstein, president of The State Medical Board of Ohio says there is “no rush”.