LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan would become the first state to allow medical marijuana for children with severe autism if an official follows the recommendation of a state panel.
The Michigan Medical Marijuana Review Panel voted 4-2 Friday to recommend autism as a condition that qualifies for marijuana.
The recommendation now goes to the director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, who makes the final decision.
Supporters say oil extracted from marijuana has been effective in controlling extreme physical behavior by kids with severe autism. But critics say there’s still not enough research.
Michigan’s chief medical executive, Dr. Eden Wells, serves on the panel and voted no.
Only post-traumatic stress disorder has been added since Michigan voters in 2008 approved marijuana for the side effects of cancer and a few other illnesses.
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