The state Medical Board of Ohio is accepting new petitions through the end of this year that could lead to new illnesses being added to the qualifying conditions list for medical marijuana.

According to, the petitions from those who seek to add illnesses to the list for physicians to recommend medical marijuana for.

Once an illness is added to the list of approved conditions, it can’t be removed, according to board spokeswoman Tessa Pollock. Petitions will be reviewed in early 2020.

AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, are illnesses and conditions that are among the 21 current approved illnesses, along with cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma and Parkinson’s disease.

Anxiety and autism spectrum had been rejected in petitions earlier in the year.
Ohio’s Medical Board will for the first time open up a public comment period, beginning after its Jan. 8 meeting, said executive director Stephanie Louka. Final decisions on new accepting conditions would come several months later.

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