Medical marijuana: Ohio medical board delays decision on adding autism, anxiety as qualifying conditions

June 12th, 2019 by admin Leave a reply »


Dozens wait in line to enter the first medical marijuana dispensary in southwest Ohio.
Meg Vogel, Cincinnati

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Medical Board delayed a vote on whether to add anxiety and autism to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in the Buckeye State.

There’s no new date set for the vote, but it could happen as early as the board’s next meeting in July.

Board President Dr. Michael Schottenstein suggested the board postpone a vote because two members recently joined the board and haven’t had time to consider the more than 2,000 pages of expert testimony about the conditions.

Schottenstein said there’s “no rush” on approving new conditions, and board members received a lot of new information, both pro and con, on the conditions in recent weeks. Among those: a letter from Nationwide Children’s Hospital urging the board to reject the conditions because of a lack of double-blind clinical research into marijuana as a treatment.

“I’m swallowing hard to even consider indications for medical marijuana for these conditions, given the very real concerns that I have about this drug,” Schottenstein said during the board meeting. “So if I have the time to educate myself or to hear from additional experts, to meet about it, and to either solidify my opinion or to provoke second thoughts, I’m glad for that.”

Schottenstein did not make himself available to reporters following the board’s vote.


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