Ohio panel endorses anxiety, autism as conditions for medical marijuana use

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An Ohio state medical board committee recommended the state add anxiety and autism to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana, which likely will help boost participation in the program and MMJ sales.

But the panel rejected depression, insomnia and opioid addiction, The (Cincinnati) Enquirer reported.

Ohio would have been the first state to approve depression and insomnia as qualifying conditions, according to the newspaper.

The decision to reject opioid addiction as a qualifying condition runs counter to the increasing trend of states permitting MMJ as an alternative to the narcotics, such as Colorado.

The full Ohio medical board will vote on the recommendations next month.

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