More Diseases Could Be Treated With Medical Marijuana

SANTA FE, N.M. – A medical advisory board is recommending more chronic conditions to the list of patients who can use medical marijuana.

The state already allows its use for pain and other symptoms from 14 debilitating illnesses such as cancer, glaucoma, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, HIV-AIDS and certain spinal cord injuries.

The state Department of Health added seven of those conditions in February.

The program provides protection from state prosecution for approved patients. It has 284 patients so far.

Now the advisory board is recommending eight more conditions: chronic muscle inflammation accompanied by muscle weakness, severe osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, reactive arthritis, post-polio syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and severe chronic pain.

– Article from The Associated Press.

Board proposes new marijuana conditions

by Todd Dukart, KRQE

SANTA FE – A medical board has proposed adding Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, severe osteoarthritis and several other conditions to the Department of Health’s medical marijuana program.

The Medical Advisory Board issued its list of recommendations for the medical marijuana program on Monday. The state Secretary of Health still needs to agree before sufferers will be able to apply to use medical marijuana.

The proposed conditions, according to Department of Health spokesperson Deborah Busemeyer:

– Inclusion body myositis, a chronic muscle inflammation accompanied by muscle weakness
– Severe osteoarthritis
– Rheumatoid arthritis
– Reactive arthritis
– Post-polio syndrome
– Parkinson’s disease
– Alzheimer’s disease
– Severe chronic pain

After the board compiles its list of recommendations, Health Secretary Dr. Alfredo Vigil will have 10 days to approve or deny the list.

– Article from KRQE on April 13, 2009.