LANSING, Mich. – Michigan’s Director of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has rejected a state panel’s recommendation to include autism in the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.
The decision came from Mike Zimmer, the Director of LARA.
In the four-page decision, the director stated that despite a “well-articulated testimony”, “troubling concerns” remain including a lack of studies and scientific research on the effects on children using medical marihuana. Also, the petition was very broad across the spectrum of autism and not limited to the most severe cases. Also, with the increase in autism diagnoses for children under the age of three, there was concern of the effects of medical marihuana for such young kids, since the petition did not have limits.