Michigan has expanded its list of qualifying medical conditions by adding eleven new “debilitating medical conditions” for treatment by medical marijuana.

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs made an announcement on Monday that the additions are in compliance with the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act of 2008.

The eleven new conditions added to the list which can be treated by medical marijuana are autism, arthritis, colitis, chronic pain, obsessive-compulsive disorder, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s, Tourette’s Syndrome, ulcerative colitis and spinal cord injury while the Medical Marijuana Review panel denied the following eleven medical conditions: asthma, anxiety, panic attacks, brain injury, diabetes, depression, non-severe and non-chronic pain, organ transplant, gastric ulcer, social anxiety disorder and schizophrenia.

One of the primary requirements is that the patient should be diagnosed with the qualifying disease, but still, there are a certain restrictions which the applicants have to follow. LARA will issue a registry identification card to all the qualified patients who submit the requirements which include proof of their Michigan residency, the name, contact number, address of the qualifying physician of the patient, a valid voter’s registration of Michigan as well as a written certification.

Moreover, patients who are below the age of 18 years can get a registry identification card in order to use the medical marijuana based on certain conditions. Such a patient’s physician will first identify all the potential medical marijuana risks based on his/her medical condition. Moreover, the parents or the legal guardians will also have to provide the authorities a written consent.

Talking about the benefits of cannabis to treat autism, the trial results have shown that the use of medical marijuana among some patients with autism spectrum disorder syndrome have shown improvements in their aggression, anxiety levels, sleep and speech as well as language.

This is a great news for autistic patients as they now have the opportunity to use medical marijuana as the medications and therapies are expensive.



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