Source: Health Policy Institute of Ohio
On September 11, the State Medical Board of Ohio opted against allowing Ohio medical marijuana for people who suffer from anxiety and autism spectrum disorder (Source: “Board Rejects Ohio Medical Marijuana for Autism and Anxiety, Sides with Traditional Medicine,” Associated Press via Cleveland Plain Dealer, September 11, 2019).
The public will get another shot at trying to add ailments to the list of qualifying conditions when the next window for petitions opens, Friday-Tuesday, November 1 through December 31, said Michael Schottenstein, MD, president of the medical board.
However, Dr. Schottenstein has also said that once a condition is added to the list, it cannot be removed. That’s the SMBO’s reading of the state’s medical marijuana law.
The SMBO hasn’t asked the legislature to change or clarify the law to give it the power to remove a condition once cannabis is proven ineffective or harmful for it.