LANSING, MI – The Medical Marihuana Review Panel on Friday took public comment on whether the state should add 22 new conditions to those that qualify patients to be treated with medical marijuana.
There are a set of conditions Michigan doctors can treat with medical marijuana currently, things like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Cancer and Glaucoma. Michiganders can submit petitions asking for other conditions to be added to that list.
The panel, made up of medical professionals, makes a recommendation on whether to add those conditions as things to be treated with medical marijuana. Ultimately the director of the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory affairs makes the decision.
Andrew Brisbo, director of the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation, said the list was a living document to account for new medical information.
“I think the legislature and the ballot initiative, they wanted to make sure that was honored, that they didn’t have all the answers in the beginning so if evidence is provided as medicine continues to evolve there is an open door for new conditions to be considered,” Brisbo said.
“I think the panel is an important piece of this process so the department can get some expert review of this information and they can make an informed recommendation to the department director.”
The panel on Friday met to take public input on whether to add these 22 new conditions to the list of to debilitating medical conditions in the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act:
– Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
– Panic attacks
– Social Anxiety Disorder
– Rheumatoid Arthritis
– Brain injury
– Spinal cord injury
– Gastric Ulcer
– Inflammatory Bowel Disease
– Ulcerative Colitis
– Organ transplant
– Non-severe and non-chronic pain