Voters approved a ballot measure in 2008 to legalize medical cannabis in Michigan and since then, the list of the qualifying conditions has been expanding slowly. Cerebral palsy is the latest condition to be added onto that list which has just over two dozen health conditions.
LARA (the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs) made the announcement after its sitting to consider the different conditions which had been proposed for inclusion on the list of medical marijuana qualifying conditions. LARA rejected requests to include Chronic Aggressive Behavior among the conditions that can be treated or managed using medical marijuana.
Cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder, develops when the brain of a child gets injured during its developmental stage. Some of the symptoms that can result from this condition are lack of motor function and control. There is evidence that marijuana can help to reduce the spastic movements or the seizures experienced by people suffering from cerebral palsy.
According to the statistics of the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation, about 764,000 people are affected by this disorder in the U.S. Most of those individuals (500,000) are kids that are less than 18 years of age.
It is therefore a big help that cerebral palsy has been added to the list of qualifying conditions in Michigan since conventional medicine offers little help to people suffering from this condition.
It is hoped that more people will now be able to get medical cannabis cards from the state. Currently, 294,000 people are registered and have medical marijuana cards in Michigan.
Accessing the medical marijuana program doesn’t have any age restriction, and many kids with various conditions, such as seizures, are cardholders in the state. The only extra requirements for kids is that a minimum of two doctors should recommend them to start using medical cannabis and the parent or guardian of that minor has to give consent for the child to start taking medical marijuana.
Last year, Michigan voters approved a ballot measure to legalize recreational cannabis. Adult-use cannabis will only be available to those who are at least 21 years old. Plans are underway to set up a regulatory system for the recreational sector, but the medical cannabis program will remain intact.
FinCanna Capital Corp. (CSE: CALI) (OTCQB: FNNZF) and Generation Alpha, Inc. (OTCQB: GNAL) applaud the progressive approach taken by LARA which will allow patients and investors in Michigan to benefit from cannabis as the industry evolves.
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