Last Friday, Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Review Panel voted to add autism to the list of qualifying conditions fit for treatment under state law.
Mike Zimmer, director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, is the next step in the process for approval. Zimmer has until late October to make a final decision. Once a final determination is made it will be announced on the agency’s website.
Supporters say using high CBD oil has been shown to help patients who suffer from severe autism, and added that the marijuana would not be given to patients in smokeable form.
The panel in charge of making this decision had the opportunity to listen to comments from some Detroit-area doctors, most notably the head of pediatric neurology at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. They also heard from fed up parents, desperate to find relief for their children.
“The parents I’ve talked to are passionate and adamant that this represents a dramatic improvement in the quality of life for them and their affected children,” said David Crocker, a medical marijuana doctor and member of the panel.
Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, whose daughter Reagan has autism, has been an advocate of the effort to add autism to the list. […]