Michigan Makes Moves for Autism and Medical Cannabis

State doctors are presenting evidence, for the second time, to a panel who determines whether there is sufficient evidence to add autism as a qualification for medical cannabis.

Michigan could be the first state to include autism as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis. Community members and families with autistic children eagerly await a vote fromMichigan’s Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs (LARA) that will take place July 31 and would permit medical cannabis as treatment for children and persons with autism. State doctors are presenting evidence, for the second time, to a panel who determines whether there is sufficient evidence to add autism as a qualification for medical cannabis.

In 2012, a mother with an autistic child petitioned LARA to legalize autism as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis. Unfortunately, the panel voted 7-2 against the petition, concluding there wasn’t enough peer-reviewed research to legitimize the benefits of medical cannabis for autism.

This year, on May 27th, another Michigan mother with an autistic child petitioned LARA with a robust team of support, including 19 family testimonies as well as state and national physicians who compiled 75 peer reviewed articles and over 800 pages of research detailing the hidden connection between the endocannabinoid system and autistic symptoms.

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