New Jersey’s Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel has recommended that the state’s health department add 43 conditions to the list of illnesses that would qualify patients to receive medical cannabis cards.
Many of the suggested additions are variations of the same condition, Philly.com reported. For example, there are several categories of chronic pain, anxiety, migraines and fibromyalgia, among others.
Other conditions recommended by the panel include arthritis, autism, asthma, opiate-use disorder and irritable bowel syndrome.
New Jersey currently has 12 qualifying conditions, including terminal cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Crohn’s disease, glaucoma and the most recent addition, PTSD.
However, if the health department agrees to make additions, they won’t happen anytime soon.
Regulators must allow the public 60 days to comment on the panel’s recommendations from the date they were posted on the state’s website, Philly.com reported.
After that, another hearing is required and only then can recommendations be submitted to the state’s health commissioner for final approval.