Illinois advances legalized pot after home growing settled

This Feb. 17, 2016, file photo shows marijuana plants at a home in Honolulu. A growing majority of Americans say marijuana should be legal, underscoring a national shift as more states embrace cannabis for medical or recreational use.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The State Medical Board of Ohio has postponed a vote on adding anxiety and autism spectrum disorder to the state's list of qualifying conditions for purchasing medical marijuana.

Board President Dr. Michael Schottenstein said Wednesday the vote would be delayed to give two new board members time to consider expert reports.

A physician panel last month recommended that anxiety and autism be added to the list of 21 conditions for which registered physicians can make a patient recommendation for medical marijuana.

The board voted against adding opioid use disorder, depression and insomnia as qualifying conditions, which the physician panel did not recommend after hearing from experts.

More than 30,000 people with physician recommendations have registered to buy cannabis with about half making purchases since some licensed dispensaries opened in January.

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