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Mich. Regulator to Consider Authorizing Pot Use for Autism, 9 Other Conditions

A Michigan regulator is considering whether to allow medical marijuana use for additional conditions. A Michigan regulator is considering whether to allow medical marijuana use for additional conditions. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

Created: May 05, 2018 08:10 AM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - 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.

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The review panel Friday recommended including 10 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 nine 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.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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