How Ohio Medical Marijuana Card Qualifications Are Evolving

The benefits of medical marijuana in the management of a variety of different medical and psychological conditions are increasingly recognized by those in the medical profession. The demand for medical cannabis is also on the rise, with patients of all ages choosing to use medical marijuana to manage chronic symptoms that are not well-managed by prescription medications.

What Qualifies for the Medical Marijuana Card?

As with all states, Ohio initially provided a list of qualifying conditions. This list of qualifying conditions was approved by the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program or OMMCP. The first list, approved in 2019, included twenty-one different conditions. Some of these were chronic pain, cancer, epilepsy, PTSD, fibromyalgia, HIV/AIDS, migraines, Parkinson’s Disease, and others. These conditions are still listed, but there have been additions.

The OMMCP accepts petitions from people in Ohio for consideration of further medical or psychological conditions to add to the list of qualifying conditions. The board has added Wasting Syndrome (Cachexia), Huntington’s Disease, Spasticity, and terminal illness to the list.

Other Medical Conditions

In addition, medical marijuana doctors are able to qualify patients with “other medical conditions of the same kind or class.” With additions to the qualifying list, the number of people with these same types of conditions will increase, opening up the possibility for these individuals to obtain their medical marijuana card.

If you have applied for a medical marijuana card in the past but did not qualify, you can apply again if you have a change in diagnosis for qualifying or similar medical or psychological conditions.

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