Ohio quietly OKs three new medical marijuana conditions

Ohio quietly OKs three new medical marijuana conditions
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By Jackie Borchardt

Three proposed additions to Ohio's medical marijuana condition list were quietly OK'd by the Ohio State Medical Board earlier this year.

The board’s medical marijuana committee in February determined that three conditions were already covered by the existing qualification of pain that is chronic and severe or intractable.

Those conditions are: arthritis, chronic migraines and complex regional pain syndrome.

The medical board issued a memo two weeks ago confirming the conditions qualify under the existing list but hasn't yet sent it to physicians. The memo will be shared in the monthly newsletter for physicians who have registered to recommend medical marijuana, a board spokeswoman said.

Committee members drew a distinction between occasional migraines and migraines that happen several days a month.

"It's not like someone has a migraine once a year and it self-resolves and would be a candidate," board member Dr. Amol Soin said in February. "I don't think that's the intention here."

Every year, the medical board accepts submissions for new qualifying conditions to add to Ohio's list of 22. Submissions must include evidence cannabis can be used to treat or alleviate the disease or condition and letters of support from physicians. The board has added just one condition through the process so far, approving cachexia, or wasting syndrome, in 2020.

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