Panel recommends new diseases/conditions for marijuana treatment

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FILE – This June 5, 2017, file photo shows a marijuana leaf in the vegetative room at a cannabis cultivator in Fairbanks, Alaska. Some states that have legalized marijuana are considering providing so-called sanctuary status for licensed marijuana businesses, hoping to protect them from a shift in federal enforcement policy. Alaska, California and Massachusetts lawmakers […]

A Michigan regulator will consider an advisory board’s recommendation to add autism and other conditions to a list of allowable medical conditions for the use of marijuana.
  
The review panel Friday recommended including nine conditions. They are obsessive compulsive disorder, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord injury, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, Parkinson’s, Tourette Syndrome, autism and chronic pain.
  
State Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Director Shelly Edgerton has until July 10 to decide on eight of the recommendations. She has Aug. 6 to make a determination on another.
  
In 2015, a previous director rejected a recommendation to allow marijuana use for autism.
  
Marijuana is allowed to relieve the side effects of cancer and other conditions. Only post-traumatic stress disorder has been added since voters approved the law in 2008.

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