No, this is not an article from The Onion.
A petition has been submitted to the State Medical Board of Ohio requesting that being a fan of the Cleveland Browns or Cincinnati Bengals be considered as a qualifying condition to receive medical marijuana prescriptions.
Via FOX 19 News –
Being a Browns or Bengals fan was one of the “conditions” submitted to the State Medical Board during the 2019 petition window:
- Anxiety, Depression
- Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder
- Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Arthritis
- Asperger’s Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Bengals/Browns Fans
- Cachexia/Wasting Syndrome
- Chronic Back Chronic Hip
- Diabetes, Hypoglycemia, Hyperglycemia, Concussions
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s
- Opioid Use Disorder
- Panic Attack and Anxiety
- PTSD, Depression, Anxiety
- Severe Social Anxiety
- Stage 4 Breast Lung Lymph Nodes Cancer
- Traumatic Brain Injury, Chronic Pain
The State Medical Board’s Medical Marijuana Committee must now decide which of the petitions should be considered as qualifying conditions for medical marijuana use. A committee meeting is scheduled for Feb. 12 of this year.
According to State Medical Board Director of Communications Tessie Pollock, the committee will examine subject matter reviews conducted by physicians and medical marijuana experts before recommending the petitions to the full State Medical Board for a final vote, which is anticipated to take place in the summer.
Petitions are filed online through the State Medical Board’s website with information that includes any relevant medical or scientific evidence and proof if the recommendation is sufficient enough to treat a specific disease or health condition.