The State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) met on July 8 to discuss the petitions to add three qualifying conditions to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP). After a discussion, the full board voted to accept the petition and add cachexia as a qualifying condition, effective immediately. The board also voted to reject petitions for autism spectrum disorder and anxiety disorder. This brings the total number of qualifying conditions in the OMMCP to 22.
Cachexia, also known as wasting syndrome, is a condition that causes extreme weight and muscle loss and is often associated with other severe and chronic illnesses.
Under Ohio law, the following are qualifying medical conditions: AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia, cancer, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy or another seizure disorder, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable, Parkinson’s disease, positive status for HIV, post-traumatic stress disorder, sickle cell anemia, spinal cord disease or injury, Tourette’s syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and ulcerative colitis.
The next submission period is scheduled for Nov. 1 – Dec. 31, 2020. Anyone may submit a petition requesting a condition be added to the MMCP. If a condition has been previously rejected by the board, the new petition must contain new scientific information that supports the request. Details on the process can be found here.