Medical Marijuana Approved for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder has been added to the list of medical conditions for which medical marijuana can be used under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. This is the first condition to be added to the law since it was approved in 2008.
PTSD is an anxiety disorder that results from a traumatic event, such as a wartime experience.
To use medical marijuana a person must be certified from a physician as suffering from what the law labels a debilitating medical condition.
The current list of conditions includes glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, Crohn’s disease, nail patella, agitation of Alzheimer’s, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, as well as treatments for these conditions that produce negative side effects.
Individuals may file a petition to add medical conditions to this list. The petition is considered by the Medical Marijuana Review Panel, a group of doctors and medical professionals.
If the panel reaches a quorum in favor of the petition, then a recommendation is made to the director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, who has the final say in whether the condition is included in the law.
Past conditions that have been the subject of petitions and denied include asthma, autism, Parkinson’s disease, insomnia, and manic depression. A petition for PTSD had previously been denied.