In June the State Medical Board of Ohio was supposed to add anxiety and autism to the list of treatable conditions for medical marijuana.
In June the State Medical Board of Ohio was supposed to add anxiety and autism to the list of treatable conditions for medical marijuana. Supposedly. It had already been recommended by an appointed board committee, and the verdict on the conditions was unanimous.
But when the day came to vote, the board decided to postpone, then they didn’t set a date for the review.
This Wednesday June 10th, they said they’d begin a second review in August, but only after a whole new study. They’re doing it all over and bringing new experts, including some who may not be huge fans of the Ohio medical marijuana program to begin with.
When Alex Thomas of the Ohio Medical Marijuana License Holders Coalition, talked to Cleveland.com, he didn’t really seem to think it fair to the patients:
“It’s disappointing that they tabled it in the first place,” he said. “It’s not the patients’ fault that you sat a couple new members. It’s not the patients’ fault that one of your members wasn’t here. But if you’re going to do that, I understand. Things happen. But to not even give any sort of certainty as to when, these are critically important matters to people throughout the state.
The board had given two reasons for tabling the vote. One was that a doctor had written the board a letter questioning the depth of the studies supporting medical marijuana for autism. The second, was that the board’s two newest members were still getting settled and hadn’t had enough time to review the research.
“They’re punting on anxiety and autism,” he said. “Those were not controversial conditions. The committee that was reviewing those conditions, their experts were unanimous in recommendations. There’s a ton of science behind them, so there’s absolutely no controversy behind adding those two conditions. We’re disappointed that they’re punting.”
The replacement study will require that new experts be paid, though both conditions were already recommended by the panel, and are legal in multiple states.
States that have approved medical marijuana for autism include Rhode Island, Colorado, Georgia, Oregon, Pennsylvania. Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Utah.
New Jersey, California, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico and Pennsylvania currently approve for anxiety.
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