Ohio Medical Board Approves Three More Conditions For Medical Marijuana

The Ohio State Medical Board on Wednesday approved three new medical conditions for people of the state to purchase medical marijuana.

The conditions are Huntington's disease, terminal illness and spasticity. These three conditions join others like HIV/AIDS, cancer and chronic pain on the list.
People residing in Ohio need to secure a physician recommendation under the 22 qualifying conditions and register with the state to be able to buy marijuana flower and related products at the state's 52 dispensaries. It is only then they will get a medical marijuana card. The doctor recommending the person should have an authentic relationship with them and should be available to provide medical care all throughout.

In May, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy voted to make available marijuana licenses to 73 more dispensaries, a process which will be approved of and announced sometime this year. More marijuana licenses were approved as patients complained about high prices and a lack of availability.

To allow the use of marijuana to treat any condition, the Board seeks recommendations from the general public for medical conditions. This year the Board had received 30 petitions. People submitting the petition must show proof that cannabis will help improve or treat the medical condition. It is in this context, the three new conditions were approved.

Members of the Ohio Pharmacy Board said that the number of people registered for medical marijuana is much more than expected when dispensaries opened in January 2019. As against the anticipated 12,000-24,000 persons, around 155,000 registered for the process.

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