Ohio medical board to decide if patients with conditions like anxiety, autism should be prescribed medical marijuana

Ohio medical board to decide if patients with conditions like anxiety, autism should be prescribed medical marijuana
(Source: WAFB)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The State Medical Board of Ohio will meet Wednesday discuss five new conditions that could qualify patients for medical marijuana prescription.

The 12-member board consisting of nine physicians and three non-physician public members could either approve or reject the new conditions, which include:

  • Anxiety
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Opioid use disorder

Documents reviewed by the State Medical Board of Ohio state that 1 in 59 children across the United States are affected by autism. Approximately 13% of the country’s population deal with anxiety while an estimated 820,000 Ohioans are experiencing depression.

Currently, there are 21 health conditions that can qualify a patient for a prescription of medical marijuana. Some of those conditions include cancer, AIDS, and Parkinson’s disease.

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