Michigan Panel Recommends Adding 10 New Conditions to State’s Medical Cannabis Program

Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Review Panel has recommended adding 10 new conditions to the list that qualifies an individual to become a legal medical cannabis patient.

The panel was recently presented with 22 medical conditions to consider adding to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program, which was approved by voters in 2008. Out of these 22, the panel recommended that the state add 10 to the program. These include chronic pain, autism, obsessive compulsive disorder,¬†inflammatory bowel diseases, ulcerative colitis, arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, Tourettes syndrome and spinal cord injury.

The board’s recommendations now go to Shelly Edgerton, director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Edgerton has until July 10 to make her final decision.

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Michigan Official Rejects Allowing Medical Cannabis for Autism, Despite Panel Recommendation

zimmer2015In July, the Michigan Medical Marijuana Review Panel, a panel that consists of all but one licensed physician, voted 4 to 2 to recommend adding autism as a condition that qualifies an individual to become a legal medical cannabis patient. Despite this recommendation, Mike Zimmer, Director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (who was appointed by Governor Rick Synder), has rejected the recommendation, and refused to allow autism to become a qualifying condition (Zimmer has final say on the matter).

In his decision – which he outlined in a four-page paper titled Final Determination of Department – Zimmer stated that “While the record is replete with sincere and well-articulated testimony on the potential benefits of medical marihuana to autism patients and, in particular, parents of autistic children, several troubling concerns remain”. He notes that those with non-severe forms of autism would have been able to use the medicine. This, of course, shouldn’t be a problem if physicians believe it can help those who have the condition and decide to recommend it, especially considering that children with autism would have been required to receive the approval from two separate physicians and their parents before being able to use any cannabis-based medicines.

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Michigan Panel Votes to Allow Medical Cannabis for Autism

autismThe Michigan Medical Marijuana Review Panel voted 4 to 2 today to add autism as a condition that qualifies an individual to become a medical cannabis patient.

The panel’s recommendation now heads to Mike Zimmer, Director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, who has final say over whether or not autism is added as a medical cannabis condition. If Zimmer approves the recommendation, Michigan would be the first state in the nation to allow medical cannabis for autism.

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