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.