Ohio decides against the use of medical marijuana for autism and anxiety

(Ohio) – The State Medical Board of Ohio, which oversees the state’s medical cannabis program has rejected petitions to add the two ailments to the list of Ohio’s 21 qualifying conditions.

Committee members that make up the medical board explained they were informed by physicians that marijuana could actually be harmful, therefore they rejected adopting the disorders. The organization, Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism, has expressed extreme disappointment in the state’s decision.

Research for medical marijuana is sparse as the federal government classifies it as a Schedule I controlled substance, which is the same category as heroin, so it is difficult for scientists to legally obtain. Reports note the public will have another chance to try to add the ailments to the list of qualifying conditions when the next window of petitions opens, November 1st – December 31st.

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