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:
- Chronic pain
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Parkinson’s disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Spinal cord injury
- Tourette syndrome
- Ulcerative colitis
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.