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Adding Additional Qualifying Conditions to Ohio's Medical Marijuana Control Program

The State Medical Board of Ohio is one step closer to adding new qualifying conditions to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP). During the May 8 meeting, the Medical Marijuana Expert Review committee completed its review of expert reports. Click here to view the experts' reports.


It will suggest to the full Medical Board that autism spectrum disorder and anxiety should be added as qualifying conditions and that depression, insomnia and opioid use disorder be rejected.


After considering the committee’s recommendations, the full Medical Board will vote to accept or reject the petitions for the five additional conditions at next month’s board meeting on Wednesday, June 12. The board meeting will be held at 10 a.m. in the Administrative Hearing Room on the 3rd floor of the Rhodes Office Tower, 30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio. If approved, additions to the qualifying conditions will be added to the Ohio Administrative Code and updated on


Under Ohio law, all of the following are already identified as qualifying medical conditions: AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, 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. These conditions were established by lawmakers in HB523. The legislation also tasked the Medical Board with adding additional conditions.


The State Medical Board of Ohio established Nov. 1, 2018 – Dec. 31, 2018 as the first submission period for petitions to add a qualifying medical condition to the Medical Marijuana Control Program. During the submission period petitions were filed electronically through the State’s website, A petition needed to include (per Ohio Administrative Code 4731-32-05):

  1. The name and contact information

  2. Specific disease or condition requested to be added

  3. Information from experts who specialize in the study of the disease or condition

  4. Relevant medical or scientific evidence

  5. Consideration of whether conventional medical therapies are insufficient to treat or alleviate the disease or condition

  6. Evidence supporting the use of medical marijuana to treat or alleviate the disease or condition and other types of medical or scientific documentation

  7. Letters of support provided by physicians


The Medical Board received 110 total petitions. On Wednesday, January 9, 2019 the Medical Board’s Medical Marijuana Expert Review Committee met and voted to reject petitions that don’t meet requirements and confirm petitions that should move forward for expert review.


Petitions which met the requirements proceeded and were reviewed by subject matter experts. These experts included physicians who specialize in the named conditions, experts who have experience with medical marijuana programs in other states, etc. Petitions for the same condition were combined for the reviews.


The next condition petition window will be Nov. 1 – Dec. 31, 2019.


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