Browns and Bengals fans don’t fear – help may soon be here. But it’s not the franchise savior you’ve been dreaming of.
The State Medical Board of Ohio is officially considering a petition that asks Cleveland Browns or Cincinnati Bengals fandom be considered a qualifying condition to legally obtain medical marijuana.
The board held an open submission period on the state’s website from November 1 to December 31, and there were 28 submissions for potential new qualifying conditions filed electronically.
Most of the submissions dealt with medical illnesses like Epstein-Barr, PTSD and depression. But there was also this: “Bengals/Browns Fans.”
Tessie Pollock, chief communications officer at the State Medical Board of Ohio, confirmed that the proposed condition is being considered to CNN.
It may seem like a joke. But Pollock said whoever submitted the affliction did quite a bit of work to get it there.
She pointed to state law, which requires applicants include the following information for a petition:
- Information from experts who specialize in the study of the disease or condition;
- Relevant medical or scientific evidence;
- 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;
- Other types of medical or scientific documentation; and
- Letters of support provided by physicians
That suggests the applicant managed to get an expert to weigh in, a physician to write a letter of support and some sort of relevant evidence to support the claim.
The Medical Board’s Medical Marijuana Committee will meet on February 12 to decide which petitions will be considered.
Petitions which fail to meet the requirements to proceed will be reviewed by subject matter experts, Pollock said, which would include physicians and outside experts who have dealt with other states’ medical marijuana programs.
A final vote will take place this summer.
Until then, fans of the Browns and Bengals will have to stick to their usual coping mechanisms: hopes, prayers and dreams.