The state of Michigan regulators have significantly expanded the list of conditions approved for treatment by medical marijuana.
Shelly Edgerton, the director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs approved the list after a review panel that included testimonies from people with conditions they wanted to be approved as well as physicians. The revised list now includes a total of 22 medical conditions that can be treated using medical marijuana, with a doctor’s recommendation.
The eleven conditions that have been added and deemed debilitating by the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act of 2008:
- Chronic Pain
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Tourette’s Syndrome
- Ulcerative Colitis
There were some conditions that were denied like anxiety, asthma, brain injury, panic attacks, depression, diabetes, gastric ulcer, organ transplant, schizophrenia, social anxiety disorder and non-severe / non-chronic pain.
The conditions that were already approved on the list:
- HIV / AIDS
- Severe & Chronic Pain
- Crohn’s Disease
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- Alzheimer’s Disease
Michigan is one of 30 states where marijuana has been legalized for medical purposes. There are currently 289,205 medical marijuana cardholders in the state, and voters will see a proposal to legalize marijuana for recreational use on the ballot this fall.