By Anthony Martinelli

Michigan has officially added 11 new conditions that qualify an individual to become a medical cannabis patient.

Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Director Shelly Edgerton approved adding the new conditions to the state’s medical cannabis program, based on recommendations from the Medical Marihuana Review Panel. The move doubles the number of medical cannabis conditions from 11 to 22.

The 11 new conditions include:

  • Arthritis;
  • Autism;
  • Chronic pain;
  • Colitis;
  • Inflammatory bowel Disease;
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder;
  • Parkinson’s;
  • Rheumatoid arthritis’
  • Spinal cord injury;
  • Tourette’s syndrome;
  • Ulcerative colitis.

The qualifying conditions prior to the new move include:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder;
  • Cancer;
  • Glaucoma;
  • Positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus;
  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome;
  • Hepatitis C;
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis;
  • Crohn’s Disease;
  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease;
  • Nail Patella, or the treatment of these conditions;
  • A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that results in wasting syndrome; severe and chronic pain; severe nausea; seizures, and severe and persistent muscle spasms.

In November, an initiative to legalize marijuana for all uses will be on the ballot, which polling shows is supported by 61% of voters.

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