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MI: Parkinson's May Be Added to Medical Marijuana Qualifying Illnesses

By Associated Press January 4, 2013 MI: Parkinson's May Be Added to Medical Marijuana Qualifying Illnesses
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LANSING, MI — A public hearing is planned later this month to add Parkinson’s disease to the list of illnesses that would qualify for medical marijuana use in Michigan.

It would be the first addition since medical marijuana was approved by voters in 2008. A panel met in December to consider adding Parkinson’s and post-traumatic stress disorder. Only Parkinson’s made the cut. It is a brain disorder that causes tremors and problems with coordination.

A public hearing is planned for Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. at the Michigan Library and Historical Center in Lansing. Written comments can also be sent through March 11. #The decision to add an illness rests with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Other illnesses that qualify Michigan medical marijuana usage include:

  • cancer, glaucoma, or positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, or nail patella.
  • a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one of more of the following:
    • cachexia or wasting syndrome
    • severe and chronic pain
    • severe nausea
    • seizures, including but not limited to those caused by epilepsy
    • severe or persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to, those which are characteristic of multiple sclerosis
  • any other medical condition or treatment for a medical condition adopted by the department by rule

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