Ohio Reports Increase In Active Medical Cannabis Patients

Ohio’s still-young medical marijuana program saw its pool of active patients go up as summer wound down this year, according to new data.

Citing figures provided by the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program, Cleveland.com reports that the “number of Ohio medical marijuana patients who have purchased products from state dispensaries increased by 3.4% between July and August.” 

By last month, according to the website, “103,642 patients were registered with the state and have bought the drug,” which amounts to less than one percent “of the state’s population of 11.7 million.”

“Seven hundred twenty-one registered medical marijuana patients had a terminal diagnosis in August, 9,267 were military veterans and 9,694 patients were low-income,” the report continued. 

Program Expansion

The growth in the number of medical marijuana patients in the Buckeye State comes on the heels of a modest expansion earlier this year to the list of qualifying conditions to receive a cannabis prescription in the state.

In April, Ohio’s medical board committee agreed to add cachexia, or wasting syndrome, to the list of qualifying conditions. Present in many forms of cancer, cachexia is defined by the National Cancer Institute as “a form of metabolic mutiny in which the body overzealously breaks

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