The Bengals, who finished a league-worst 2-14 this season, haven’t made the playoffs since the 2015 season, and have won just eight games over the past two years. The Browns, despite enormous potential, went 6-10 in 2019 and fired coach Freddie Kitchens after only one year with the franchise. Cleveland hasn’t made the postseason since 2002, and is set to hire its sixth head coach in the past eight seasons.
Undoubtedly, professional football fans in the state of Ohio are suffering.
At least one person, however has a plan to fix that.
A petition to make “Bengals/Browns Fans” an official condition worthy of medical marijuana use was submitted last month to the State Medical Board, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Marijuana is currently legal in some form in all but three states in the United States, and available for recreational use in 11. Medical marijuana is legal in Ohio, and can be prescribed for treatment of a qualifying medical condition — a list that includes things like Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, Parkinson’s disease and PTSD. The medical board received 28 total petitions this year for new conditions to be added to that list.
While there is a chance that the condition could be approved, it’s not very likely. The board, per the report, needs information from experts who specialize in the condition, relevant medical and/or scientific evidence and support from doctors in order to approve conditions. They received over 100 petitions last year, too, before narrowing it down to five — all of which were eventually rejected.
So even though marijuana may certainly help struggling Bengals and Browns fans, don’t expect that reasoning to become a legal way to obtain the drug anytime soon.
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