Michigan adds 11 medical marijuana qualifying conditions

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Michigan regulators added 11 new ailments to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana, potentially giving a big boost to a market that is already home to one of the largest MMJ patient pools in the country.

According to Mlive.com, the new conditions are:

  • Arthritis
  • Autism
  • Chronic pain
  • Colitis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Ulcerative colitis

Eleven other conditions were rejected by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, based on recommendations from an MMJ panel.

The new conditions – which more than double the existing number – go into effect immediately, meaning that patients suffering from any of them can start making purchases as soon as they obtain a state MMJ registry card.

Chronic pain in particular is typically a major driver of patient registrations in states with legal medical cannabis markets.

The expansion also comes just a few months before the November election, in which Michigan voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana.