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Ohio considering adding depression, other conditions to list eligible for medical marijuana

Posted: 5:54 PM, May 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-04 14:05:20-04

Ohio could be the first state to add depression and insomnia, among others, to its list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana, CNN reports.

Along with depression and insomnia, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder and opioid use disorder could also qualify patients.

Since January, an advisory committee for the state’s medical board has been studying whether or not marijuana could help patients with those disorders. The board will vote on a decision on June 12.

Right now, 33 states and Washington DC allow medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation, but each state has a different set of qualifying conditions.

There are 21 conditions on Ohio’s list. If these five new conditions are added, it’s estimated the number of Ohioans eligible for a medical marijuana card will nearly double, with another 3.17 million people.