The State Medical Board of Ohio rejected petitions on Wednesday to add autism spectrum disorders and anxiety to the list of conditions qualifying a patient to use medical marijuana. The board’s vote follows a recommendation last month from the state Medical Marijuana Expert Review Committee not to approve the petitions.
The committee determined that medical marijuana can provide temporary relief but could also subject patients to panic attacks. The panel also expressed concern for the health of children’s developing brains.
Dr. Michael Schottenstein, the president of the board and a member of the expert review committee, opposed adding autism and anxiety to the state’s list of qualifying conditions.
“Approval feels premature at this time,” Schottenstein said after the committee voted to reverse a previous recommendation to approve the request. “For the medical board, there should be consensus to do so among respected medical authorities.”
The board added that it would reconsider adding autism and anxiety to the state’s list of qualifying conditions, which currently includes 21 medical conditions, “if additional studies or evidence are brought forth in the petition process.”
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