Michigan Expands Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs added 11 medical conditions to its list of MMJ qualifiers.

Despite recent bumps in setting up the state’s medical marijuana program, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs added 11 medical conditions to its list of qualifying conditions, reported the Associated Press.

They new conditions are: arthritis, autism, chronic pain, colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, obsessive compulsive disorder, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord injury, Tourette’s syndrome and ulcerative colitis.

Conditions that were petitioned but denied include anxiety, asthma, brain injury, panic attacks, depression, and diabetes.

Officials received public comments related to petitions to add conditions to the list that already included post-traumatic stress disorder, cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and severe and chronic pain.

The qualifying list, approved by Shelly Edgerton, director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, now features a total of 22 ailments that will allow a doctor to recommend a medical marijuana card for a patient. The state charges a patient $60 for a medical marijuana card.

“With the changes in state law to include marijuana-infused products and the advancement of marijuana research, and upon the recommendation of the panel members, I’ve added these eleven conditions to the approved list,” Edgerton said, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Michigan also approved four medical marijuana businesses, making them the first to receive operating licenses from a state licensing board.

Currently in Michigan, there are 289,205 medical marijuana cardholders.

In November, Michigan voters will consider a ballot proposal that would legalize adult recreational cannabis use.

Pot smokers in Michigan will be able to grow and keep more of their cannabis ‒ and pay less in taxes ‒ than users in most other states if the recreational cannabis ballot passes in November.

Check out Bridge for a slideshow of what is expected if the legalization ballot passes.

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