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How to Add More Qualifying Conditions in Ohio

Posted: November 5, 2020 in Bloom Ohio

The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program, signed into law in the fall of 2016, began with 21 qualifying medical conditions. Lawmakers recognized that patients would want to add additional medical conditions to the list. In order to facilitate this, the law allows a yearly petition period of 60 days for patients to apply for the addition of medical conditions. That petition period just started on November 1, 2020, and lasts until December 31, 2020. In this article I will list the now 22 qualifying conditions, as an additional condition, Cachexia was added at the beginning of 2020. I will explain the petition process and link it to the appropriate websites. 

Current Qualifying Medical Conditions

View the complete list of qualifying conditions on our Bloom Medicinals Ohio website.

Petition Process

It is the responsibility of the State Medical Board of Ohio to review the submitted petitions for new qualifying medical conditions for the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program. Petitions may be submitted anytime within the 60-day window. Upon receipt of the petitions, the board decides whether or not to allow conditions or diseases to be added to the list. 

Petitions Will Not Be Considered:

  • If received after December 31, 2020
  • If the condition has already been submitted, reviewed, and rejected by the board unless the applicant offers new scientific research that supports its addition
  • If the condition or disease is from a broad category rather than a specific one

For Petitions For A Previously Considered Condition:

  • Do not resubmit documents which have already been reviewed by the board
  • Submit only new scientific research for previously rejected petitions
  • A catalog of previously submitted research and documents can be accessed via the OMMCP website. 

Required Information for the Submission of a Petition

  • Name and contact information
  • Specific disease or condition to be added
  • Information from experts who specialize in the study of the disease or condition
  • Relevant medical or scientific evidence that relates to the disease or condition
  • Consideration of whether conventional medical therapies are insufficient to treat or alleviate the disease or condition
  • Evidence supporting the use of medical marijuana to treat or alleviate the disease or condition. This should include journal articles and peer-reviewed studies as well as other types of medical or scientific documentation
  • Letters of support provided by physicians with knowledge of the disease or condition. If applicable, you may submit a letter from your own physician

Petitioner Website

Fill out your petition and submit it to the board here.

Website Instructions

  • Make sure you fill out all the sections, including all the text boxes. Petitioners may include “See Attached” or “Previously Submitted” wherever applicable
  • Please complete a separate petition submission for each individual condition if you are submitting petitions for multiple conditions
  • The maximum file size is 3 MB.* Make sure to name each file with the number that corresponds to each section.
    Example: Question 1.pdf
  • Do not provide any personal medical information. All petition submissions may be made public.

* If you attach a file that exceeds the file size of 3 MB, make sure to check the box provided so that the Medical Board can contact you with the next steps.

The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program Toll-Free Helpline 

Patients, caregivers, and health professionals seeking advice regarding adverse reactions to medical marijuana, information about available services, and any additional help may contact the helpline at:

1-833-4OH-MMCP (1-833-464-6627)

Sources:wdtn.com, Medical Marijuana Control Program Now Open For Petitions, Nov. 1, 2020
https://www.medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov/Condition

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