UPDATE: Ohio committee rejects medical marijuana for anxiety, autism

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - UPDATE: 8/15/19 2:35 P.M.

A State Medical Board of Ohio committee has decided not to recommend adding anxiety and autism spectrum disorder to the state's list of qualifying conditions for purchasing medical marijuana.

The committee made its decision Wednesday after hearing testimony that included concerns from several physicians about using marijuana for those conditions.

The panel said the drug offers momentary relief from anxiety but can lead to panic attacks or worsening anxiety for some patients. The physicians also noted concerns about marijuana's effects on children's developing brains.

The full board could make a final decision at its September or October meetings, but it's not clear whether it would vote against a recommendation from the committee.

The board voted earlier this year against adding opioid-use disorder, depression and insomnia as qualifying conditions,

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UPDATE: 6/12/2019

The State Medical Board of Ohio has postponed a vote on adding anxiety and autism spectrum disorder to the state's list of qualifying conditions for purchasing medical marijuana.

Board President Dr. Michael Schottenstein said Wednesday the vote would be delayed to give two new board members time to consider expert reports.

A physician panel last month recommended that anxiety and autism be added to the list of 21 conditions for which registered physicians can make a patient recommendation for medical marijuana.

The board voted against adding opioid use disorder, depression and insomnia as qualifying conditions, which the physician panel did not recommend after hearing from experts.

More than 30,000 people with physician recommendations have registered to buy cannabis with about half making purchases since some licensed dispensaries opened in January.


Ohio's Medical Board is scheduled to vote on adding anxiety and autism spectrum disorder to the state's list of qualifying conditions for purchasing medical marijuana.

A panel of physicians last month recommended that the medical board add the two conditions to the current list of 21 for which registered physicians can make a patient recommendation for medical marijuana use.

The Medical Board on Wednesday also is scheduled to consider adding opioid use disorder, depression and insomnia as qualifying conditions, which the physician panel voted against after consulting with experts.

Many of the online petitions the Medical Board received about adding conditions sought to use cannabis for anxiety.

Medical marijuana became available for sale in Ohio in January. About one-third of the 56 dispensaries licensed by the state have opened.