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State Approves 11 New Conditions That Qualify For Medical Marijuana

July 09, 2018 - 3:29 pm
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LANSING (WWJ/AP) - Michigan regulators have significantly expanded the list of conditions approved for treatment by medical marijuana.

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs on Monday added 11 medical conditions deemed debilitating by the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act of 2008.

They are the following:

  • arthritis
  • autism
  • chronic pain
  • colitis
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Parkinson's disease
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • spinal cord injury
  • Tourette's syndrome
  • ulcerative colitis

“With the changes in state law to include marihuana-infused products, and the advancement of marihuana research, and upon the recommendation of the panel members, I’ve added these eleven conditions to the approved list,” LARA Director Shelly Edgerton said, in a statement. "I’d like to thank the members of the review panel for their hard work in discussing these petitions and making their recommendations.”

 LARA spokesman David Harns explained said a total of 22 conditions were considered; with 11 of those denied, including: anxiety, asthma, brain injury, depression, diabetes, gastric ulcer, non-severe and non-chronic pain, organ transplant, panic attacks, schizophrenia and social anxiety disorder.

"We vetted them and put them in front of our review panel," LARA spokesman David Harns explained, in an interview with WWJ Newsradio 950. "And that's made up of doctors, some non-doctors, but mostly doctors, who looked at the pros and the cons of each of the 22 different conditions, and then they listened to public input and they they made their recommendation."

Existing entries on the list include post-traumatic stress disorder, cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Crohn's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and severe and chronic pain.

Michigan has allowed medical-marijuana use for nearly a decade. Looking ahead, if a ballot measure is approved by voters in November, Michigan would become the 10th state to legalize recreational marijuana.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.