According to a recent Detroit News article, Michigan's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs recently ruled that people with autism may now legally use medical marijuana for treatment. The state regulatory agency stated advanced research on the effects of marijuana and the prevalence of new marijuana infused products influenced their decision.
The serious developmental disorder was one of 11 new medical conditions approved by the office that would allow them access to marijuana.
The addition of autism was approved and recommended by the Medical Marijuana Review Panel earlier this year after the members held forums with the public asking for their opinion. The proposal to accommodate the condition was originally rejected only three years ago in 2015 by the same state regulatory group. Dr. Eden Wells, the Chief Medical Executive for the state of Michigan, shared how pleased he was with the addition of autism to the list of qualifying medical conditions for marijuana use.
The agency reviewed several studies and other research that revealed how clinical studies helped autistic patients calm down and not feel overwhelmed by stimulus in their environment. The other 10 conditions added to the list of medical issues that will qualify patients who want a medical marijuana license are: Tourette's syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic pain, Parkinson's disease, arthritis, ulcerative colitis, obsessive compulsive disorder, colitis and spinal cord injury.
Meanwhile, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs barred the following medical conditions from being added to the approved list: social anxiety disorder, anxiety, panic attacks, asthma, schizophrenia, diabetes, brain injury, depression, non-severe and non-chronic pain, gastric ulcer, and organ transplants.
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