Autism, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome Are Being Examined as Qualifying Disorders for The Use of Medical Marijuana in Ohio!

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Irritable bowel syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and autistic spectrum disorder are on the State Medicinal Board of Ohio’s list of potential new qualifying diseases for medical marijuana use, and the board is currently taking written feedback on the matter.

We will be accepting public comments on these terms through February 24.

On February 8th, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Committee considered requests to add ten qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana usage in the state.

There were other requests for bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety, in addition to the aforementioned three. According to the state medical board, such applications did not follow the proper procedures as outlined in the laws and regulations.

In 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022, the board denied all autism petitions. A 2019 petition for IBS was denied.

Sen. Stephen Huffman (R-Tipp City) attempted to pass a bill in the Ohio Senate during the previous legislative session that would have broadened the range of disorders that qualify for special education services to include autism. While the bill was approved by the Senate, it was shot down in the House.

The current list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana treatment includes AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia, cancer, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy or another seizure disorder, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, Huntington’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic and severe or intractable pain, Parkinson’s disease,

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