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Ohio board rejects adding insomnia, depression as conditions for medical pot; tables autism, anxiety

Published: 06/12/19 09:41 am EDT, Updated: 06/12/19 05:54 pm EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The State Medical Board of Ohio has postponed a vote on adding anxiety and autism spectrum disorder to the state’s list of qualifying conditions for purchasing medical marijuana.

Board President Dr. Michael Schottenstein said Wednesday the vote would be delayed to give two new board members time to consider expert reports.

A physician panel last month recommended that anxiety and autism be added to the list of 21 conditions for which registered physicians can make a patient recommendation for medical marijuana.

The board voted against adding opioid use disorder, depression and insomnia as qualifying conditions, which the physician panel did not recommend after hearing from experts.

More than 30,000 people with physician recommendations have registered to buy cannabis with about half making purchases since some licensed dispensaries opened in January.

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