(WLNS) – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention one in every 68 American children have some form of autism.
On Friday families directly affected by autism are one step closer toward being able to use marijuana as a form of treatment.
The Michigan Medical Marijuana Review Panel decided to support pediatric use of medical marijuana for those with autism.
An emotional response after the state review panel voted 4-2 to add extreme forms of autism to the list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana.
One of the many families in the crowd are the Zahringer’s, who have a 6-year-old son with autism
“As a parent and any parent that is out there, you want to do everything you can possibly be do to help your child when they are hurting. My child is nonverbal he is just learning to speak now, he’s very delayed on it and maybe this will give him the opportunity to do so as I’ve seen it,” said Dwight Zahringer, father of child with autism.
In order for a parent to receive medical marijuana they will need approval from two doctors.
Eden Wells, one of the panelists who voted against the approval, says her concern was that any physician could sign off on this.
“I’d like to see that in the hands of specialist who are much more familiar in how to use medical marijuana as a palliative”
Martin Wuest’s autistic and epileptic son, Emery uses cannabis oil.
“His seizures have been completely prevented since he started using oil.”
“We want to see every child in Michigan with an autism diagnosis have adoption if their parents and their doctors choose for them,” said Martin Wuest, supporter of medical marijuana.
Friday’s ruling is a victory for some, but there are still many steps left to add autism to the list of approved medical marijuana uses.