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Ohio approves 3 existing conditions for medical marijuana use

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Updated: May. 18, 2021 at 2:19 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Ohioans who suffer from arthritis, chronic migraines, or complex regional pain syndrome, may now qualify for a medical marijuana card.

Officials with the State Medical Board of Ohio say if you’re interested in getting a card you must get a physician recommendation under the qualifying conditions and register with the state.

The owner of Ohio Green Releaf says people call him all the time and say how medical marijuana has helped with their condition.

“I think it’s wonderful because of arthritis and migraines. I get many many calls ‘can those be covered under the chronic pain or intractable chronic pain condition’, which they do qualify and it will be good that it will be specified to the patients out there that these are covered,” Zach Reffitt said.

Shawnda Houp says she was in a car wreck about 10 years ago that left her in severe chronic pain and medications left her unable to function.

Houp says she’s had a medical marijuana card for about two years now.

“My mobility and just being able to function because I do have 80 percent arthritis through my body. It helps me get through everything, especially my workouts because I love to workout, and keep stretching through this journey so I can fight through the pain,” Houp said.

Under Ohio law, the other qualifying medical conditions include all of the following: AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia, cancer, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy or another seizure disorder, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable, Parkinson’s disease, positive status for HIV, post-traumatic stress disorder, sickle cell anemia, spinal cord disease or injury, Tourette syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and ulcerative colitis.

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