More Ohioans could become eligible for a medical marijuana card in June if the state approves five more qualifying conditions.
Among the proposed additions: depression and insomnia, which affect hundreds of thousands in the state.
A committee for Ohio’s medical board began studying whether marijuana could help these new conditions in January. The three other conditions being considered are anxiety, autism spectrum disorder and opioid use disorder.
Currently, Ohio has approved 21 conditions that qualify a person for a doctor’s recommendation and a card to buy marijuana.
If the board adds depression and insomnia, Ohio will be the first state to make them qualifiers.
The full 12-member medical board expects a final vote on June 12.
As of now, thirty-three states and the District of Columbia now allow medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation. Each state has a different qualifying conditions.
Some conditions covered in Ohio are also covered in other states, such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and glaucoma.
But Ohio also covers conditions such as sickle cell disease, fibromyalgia and Tourette syndrome. Ohio is the only state to allow medical marijuana for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the brain damage most often found in boxers, football players and military veterans.
If the medical board adds all five conditions, the number of Ohioans eligible for a marijuana card will nearly double, with another 3.17 million people.
The first medical marijuana dispensary in Southwest Ohio, About Wellness Ohio dispensary in Lebanon, OH, are scheduled to open May 22, 2019.
The Lebanon dispensary will also be the first of seven dispensaries within a 60-mile radius of Cincinnati to open its doors.
The next closest dispensary open for business is in Columbus.
For more information about marijuana or how to meet with a doctor to discuss eligibility, please contact Staunton Primary Care at (513) 685-8853