Ohio residents may be thrilled to learn that they could qualify for medical marijuana in the state because of three new conditions that have been added.
The state’s three new qualifying medical marijuana conditions were approved Wednesday, bringing the list to 25.
The Ohio State Medical Board approved Huntington’s disease, terminal illness and spasticity to the list. Huntington’s disease is a rare brain disease that is inherited which leads to a breakdown of nerve cells in the brain.
The board had voted to reject petitions to add autism spectrum disorder, restless leg syndrome, panic disorder with agoraphobia and spasms.
Before Wednesday, the board had added just one condition through the process so far, approving cachexia, or wasting syndrome, in 2020.
In order to get a medical marijuana card in Ohio, patients must meet one of the qualifying medical conditions and have a recommendation from a state-certified doctor. Doctors are required to have a “bona fide” physician-patient relationship with the patient and are expected to provide care to the patient on an ongoing basis.
Ohio’s medical marijuana conditions that qualify are:
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
Epilepsy or another seizure disorder.
Inflammatory bowel disease.
Pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable.
Positive status for HIV.
Post-traumatic stress disorder.
Sickle cell anemia.
Spinal cord disease or injury.
Traumatic brain injury.