Petition period open to add more qualifying medical conditions to Ohio medical marijuana list

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WDTN) – When Ohio House Bill 523 was signed into law in the fall of 2016, only 21 medical conditions were approved for treatment with medical marijuana. That could change soon, as a petitioning period has begun to add additional medical conditions to the list.

The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP) will consider new qualifying conditions from November 1 to December 31, 2018.

Patients, doctors, and advocates can find a petition to formally request a medical condition be added to the list here.

Be aware that the following criteria must be included:

  • Name and contact information
  • Specific disease or condition requested to be added
  • Information from experts who specialize in the study of the disease or condition
  • Relevant medical or scientific evidence
  • Consideration of whether conventional medical therapies are insufficient to treat or alleviate the disease or condition
  • Evidence supporting the use of medical marijuana to treat or alleviate the disease or condition and other types of medical or scientific documentation
  • Letters of support provided by physicians

“So many of our patients have expressed that they want more medical marijuana conditions listed,” said Ohio Marijuana Card President Connor Shore. “For example, anxiety, depression, and insomnia are not among Ohio’s qualifying conditions, despite being found on lists throughout other states with medical marijuana programs.”

Cuurently, patients must have one of these conditions to qualify for medical marijuana: chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, cancer, glaucoma, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, intractable pain, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), epilepsy and other seizure disorders, hepatitis C, AIDS and HIV, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Alzheimer’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord disease or injury, ulcerative colitis, traumatic brain injury, sickle cell anemia, and Tourette syndrome.

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