from the State Medical Board of Ohio
Medical Board Considers New Qualifying Conditions
The State Medical Board of Ohio will consider adding the following as qualifying conditions for Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program:
- Autism (2 petitions)
- Huntington’s Disease
- Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Spasticity and Spasms
- Terminal Illness (2 petitions)
Written public comment on these conditions will be accepted February 11 – February 26, 2021. Anyone may submit their comments by emailing MedicalMarijuana@med.ohio.gov.
On Wednesday, February 10, 2021 the board’s Medical Marijuana Committee met and voted to recommend to the full board to reject petitions that did not meet requirements and confirmed petitions that should move forward for expert review and public comment. Later this year, the board will decide if they should be added to the list of conditions which can qualify patients to participate in Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program.
During the submission period, petitions were filed electronically through the state’s website, medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov. A petition needed to include (per Ohio Administrative Code 4731-32-05):
- The name and contact information
- Specific disease or condition requested to be added
- Information from experts who specialize in the study of the disease or condition
- Relevant medical or scientific evidence
- Consideration of whether conventional medical therapies are insufficient to treat or alleviate the disease or condition
- Evidence supporting the use of medical marijuana to treat or alleviate the disease or condition and other types of medical or scientific documentation
- Letters of support provided by physicians
The Medical Board received 30 petitions from November 1- December 31, 2020.
16 petitions failed to meet the statutory and rule requirements for consideration by the board. These petitions were recommended for rejection by the committee. The full board will consider the rejection recommendations at the March 10th meeting.
6 petitions failed to meet the statutory and rule requirements for consideration by the board. However, these petitions either explicitly petitioned for a condition already covered (e.g., fibromyalgia), or the petition was for a condition closely associated with a condition already covered (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis and chronic pain). These petitions were rejected by the committee.
The petitions for restless leg syndrome, Huntington’s disease, spasticity and spasms and terminal illness will move forward for expert review as the committee felt they met the requirements for consideration and were not previously considered.
Petitions for autism and anxiety were rejected by the board in 2019 and 2020. During their deliberation on February 10, 2021, the committee agreed that the petitions for autism and panic disorder with agoraphobia met the requirements of new scientific information outlined in Ohio Administrative Code 4731-32-05. They will move forward for consideration; however the board will serve as its own expert.
Petitions which do meet the requirements for consideration will proceed and be reviewed by subject matter experts. These experts may include physicians who specialize in the named conditions, experts who have experience with medical marijuana programs in other states, etc. Petitions for the same condition will be combined for the reviews.
The committee reviews the subject matter experts’ reports, and then makes a recommendation to the full board for a vote to adopt/deny the petition to add the qualifying conditions. That full board vote is expected this summer.
The Medical Board’s rules (Ohio Administrative Code) for the qualifying conditions can be found here: http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4731-32-05.
The next condition petition window will be November 1 – December 31, 2021.