Before the upcoming vote on recreational cannabis, Michigan is looking to extend its medical marijuana program. To decide which conditions should be added to the list of those qualifying for medical marijuana, the state’s Medical Marihuana Review Panel heard from the public last week. Here’s a look at the conditions that will soon qualify for medical marijuana.
These Conditions Could Soon Qualify For Medical Marijuana
So far, the panel has proposed 22 more conditions to add to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. They include depressive disorders, neurodegenerative conditions and curable and incurable conditions.
The complete list includes chronic and general pain, diabetes, colitis, ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, organ transplant, brain and spinal cord injuries, OCD, depression, panic attacks, social or general anxiety, arthritis, asthma, Schizophrenia, Tourette’s Syndrome and Parkinson’s Disease.
In total, Illinois residents submitted 115 conditions to the list of ailments that qualify for medical marijuana. But, for the time being, lawmakers are only considering adding 22.
What’s Next for Michigan’s Marijuana Legislation
On May 4th, the panel will reconvene to hear more public suggestions. Afterward, they will approach the director of the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation. Only after the director’s approval will people with these conditions officially qualify for cannabis.
In November, Michigan residents will vote on whether to legalize recreational marijuana. Earlier this week, marijuana advocates submitted 365,000 signatures supporting recreational cannabis. With more than a hundred thousand approvals over the requisite 250,000, it looks like Michigan will vote on marijuana in the fall.
56.6 percent of Michigan residents support legalization, and many others are not opposed to the idea. Since Michiganians feel so strongly about legal recreational weed, Republicans want to legalize marijuana before November. If people come out to support for marijuana in the polls, chances are they will also vote for Democratic candidates. This would be bad news for Michigan’s Republican