DETROIT, MI (CBS Local) – Michigan has added several medical conditions to the state’s list of ailments which qualify for a medical marijuana prescription.READ MORE: Broward Health Ending COVID Shots As Demand Decreases, Availability Increases
In a release by Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), 11 “debilitating medical conditions” including autism, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, and Tourette’s Syndrome have now been deemed treatable by LARA’s director Shelly Edgerton.
“With the changes in state law to include marijuana-infused products, and the advancement of mariJuana research… I’ve added these eleven conditions to the approved list,” Edgerton said in the July 9 release.READ MORE: Initiatives Announced To Reduce Pollution In Miami-Dade County
The 11 conditions join other serious illnesses like cancer, glaucoma, and ALS on the state’s approved marijuana list. Michigan’s full list of newly approved ailments includes:
- Chronic Pain
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Tourette’s Syndrome
- Ulcerative Colitis
11 other conditions were denied marijuana treatment by Edgerton. That list included asthma, depression, and diabetes.
“It is definitely opening the doors to be able to help many, many families. I honestly feel like it saved my son’s life,” Amie Carter told WNEM. Carter’s 11-year-old son Jayden has autism and has reportedly had major issues with behavior in the past.MORE NEWS: Insurance Regulators Approve Smaller Rate Hikes For Citizens Property Insurance
“Because of cannabis oil he hasn’t any encounters with police in over a year, it changed our lives,” Carter added.