State panel to vote on medical marijuana for autism

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A state panel is meeting again to consider whether to add extreme forms of autism to the conditions that qualify for medical marijuana in Michigan.

Supporters say oil extracted from marijuana has been effective in controlling severe physical behavior by kids with autism. The Michigan Medical Marijuana Review Panel is meeting Friday.

The group’s recommendation will go to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, which makes the final decision.

The panel met on July 20 but no vote was taken. Members said they didn’t get a chance to read the research submitted by supporters.

Only one condition, post-traumatic stress disorder, has been added since voters approved medical marijuana in 2008 for the side effects of cancer, glaucoma and a few other conditions.

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