CLEVELAND — It's not easy being a pro football fan in Ohio. The two NFL teams in the state, the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns, combined for an 8-24 record in 2019. Neither has ever won a Super Bowl and, in fact, the teams have combined for just a single playoff win since 1992.
At least one person thinks the pain of defeat for Bengals and Browns fans can sometimes be too much bear.
According to the State Medical Board of Ohio, someone submitted a petition to add "Bengals/Browns Fans" as a qualifying condition under the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program.
During the 2019 petition window from Nov.1 through Dec. 31, the board received 28 petitions for potential new qualifying conditions. Marked as No. 10 on the list, "Bengals/Browns Fans" was listed as a condition the board should consider.
On Feb. 12, the medical board committee is expected to meet, where they will decide which petitions to consider. A final vote on new qualifying conditions is expected this summer.
The following petitions were submitted for consideration:
3. Anxiety, Depression
4. Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder
5. Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Arthritis
6. Asperger's Disorder
7. Autism Spectrum Disorder
8. Autism Spectrum Disorder
9. Autism Spectrum Disorder
10. Bengals/Browns Fans
11. Cachexia/Wasting Syndrome
12. Chronic Back Chronic Hip
14. Diabetes, Hypoglycemia, Hyperglycemia, Concussions
16. Gastroesophageal reflux disease
17. Generalized Anxiety Disorder
18. Generalized Anxiety Disorder
19. HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's
22. Opioid Use Disorder
23. Opioid Use Disorder
24. Panic Attack and Anxiety
25. PTSD, Depression, Anxiety
26. Severe Social Anxiety
27. Stage 4 Breast Lung Lymph Nodes Cancer
28. Traumatic Brain Injury, Chronic Pain
All petitions letters must include letters of support provided by physicians, relevant medical or scientific evidence, among other requirements.
The next condition petition window will be Nov. 1 – Dec. 31, 2020.
This story was originally published by Kaylyn Hlavaty on WEWS in Cleveland.