• Suzanna Thallman

List of Possible Medical Conditions to Be Added to Ohio's Medical Marijuana Program


There are a number of medical conditions that are being considered to be added as qualifying conditions to Ohio's medical marijuana program

The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP) was passed in 2016 and officially became operational in January of 2018 with the opening of the first Ohio dispensary. With the establishment of Ohio's medical marijuana program, a list of 21 conditions were approved for medical marijuana treatment in Ohio. While this is one of the most inclusive qualifying conditions list of any state in the country, there are a number of conditions we commonly hear from patients are not adequately covered within Ohio's list of 21 qualifying conditions.

The State Medical Board of Ohio is responsible for reviewing petitioned medical conditions for Ohio's medical marijuana program

The only agency with control over the list of qualifying conditions in Ohio is the State Medical Board. Each year, the State Medical Board accepts petitions to add additional qualifying conditions to the OMMCP; 2019's petition period began on November 1, 2019 and closed at the end of last year on December 31, 2019. Now, the State Medical Board is reviewing a number of petitions that were submitted, hoping to provide updates and developments on the review next month.


2018's Petition Period

During Ohio's first petition period in 2018, there were a total of 5 medical conditions that were being considered for addition to the OMMCP:

  1. Anxiety Disorders

  2. Depression

  3. Insomnia

  4. Autism Spectrum Disorder

  5. Opioid Use Disorder

Only anxiety disorders and autism spectrum disorder would make it to final consideration, with both ultimately being tabled for consideration in 2019.


This Year's Petition Period

This week, Cleveland 19 reported that there were a total of 28 conditions submitted to the State Medical Board during the 2019 petition period, although there are technically only 13 unique conditions. These include:

  1. Anxiety Disorders

  2. Depression

  3. Bipolar Disorder

  4. Asperger's Disorder

  5. Autism Spectrum Disorder

  6. Cachexia & Other Wasting Syndromes

  7. Diabetes, Hypoglycemia & Hyperglycemia

  8. Epstein-Barr

  9. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

  10. Insomnia

  11. Lupus

  12. Opioid Use Disorder

  13. Stage 4 Breast Lung Lymph Nodes Cancer

Sadly, a proposed condition that has received the most attention from the media so far was the inclusion of "Being a Browns/Bengals Fan" as a qualifying condition. While many found this amusing, ultimately it has detracted the attention that the real medical conditions being petitioned should be receiving. Furthermore, the idea of adding a condition like this takes away from the legitimacy of this program as a medical treatment, and can possibly perpetuate stigmas associated with cannabis and its users.


Now that the petition period has closed and the petitioned conditions have been identified, the State Medical Board's Medical Marijuana Committee will decide which of the 28 petitions will be considered to be added to the OMMCP. A committee meeting is scheduled for February 12, although it will likely be closer to mid-2020 before we have a better idea of the conditions that will make it to final consideration and review.

If you are an Ohioan suffering from one of these 21 medical conditions you may be eligible to treat your ailment with medical marijuana, which includes both THC and CBD products.


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