Parkinson's May Be Added To Medical Marijuana List

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A public hearing is planned later this month to add Parkinson's disease to the list of illnesses that would qualify for medical marijuana use in Michigan.
It would be the first addition since medical marijuana was approved by voters in 2008. A panel met in December to consider adding Parkinson's and post-traumatic stress disorder. Only Parkinson's made the cut. It is a brain disorder that causes tremors and problems with coordination.
A public hearing is planned for Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. at the Michigan Library and Historical Center in Lansing. Written comments can also be sent through March 11.
The decision to add an illness rests with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

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  • by James Location: Lansing on Jan 4, 2013 at 06:39 PM
    For those that are unaware, people with Parkinson's can experience horrible nerve pain, and many are prescribed strong pain meds. I'm very glad to hear that there is now another possible option for pain control (and possible other positive benefits from using medical marijuana) on the table, for those suffering from this terrible disease. We as a society truly need to get rid of the red tape and allow people with diseases such as Parkinson's, any and all options to try and alleviate discomfort, while continuing to work at finding a cure. I hope this is approved.
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