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Change in Michigan's cannabis oil regulations concern users

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The State of Michigan is making changes for people who are used to buying CBD oil, a cannabis - or marijuana - derivative that is used by people to treat a variety of ailments.

The new rule has left several customers confused.

"I have to be to function to do my job, so I use CBD oil during the day,” Amanda LeAnne Brunzell said.

Brunzell is a 34-year-old Navy veteran who uses CBD oil for PTSD, fibromyalgia and endometriosis.

"It's not psycho-reactive and it still give me the same benefits as actual THC,” she said.

Brunzell said she also wants to avoid the potential side effects of other painkillers that can be addictive.

Now, the state sent a notice saying the oil must conform to the Medical Marijuana Act.

"There's a lot of veterans who won't get their card because the state states that if you're a medicinal marijuana patient you can't keep your weapons. It's just very sad, y'know, it's only hurting veterans,” Brunzell said.

David Overholt is a medical marijuana caretaker and advocate who is heading up a group working to bring dispensaries to Grand Rapids.

"You didn't need a marijuana card. You didn't have to jeopardize the loss of your income from your employer finding out. You didn't have to lose your rights to bear a firearm,” he said.

Michigan is alone in this requirement, as other states still sell CBD oil without a marijuana card.

"Now, a lot of the people that were wholesaling here are already packing their bags and moving out of state. Is that really what Michigan needs, more companies leaving?" Overholt said.

Overholt had two dogs - one with cancer and another with life-threatening seizures - he treated both with CBD oil.

"What I did was I went out and got some of this CBD oil from one of the local stores specially made for pets and there was no more high to her and we haven't had a seizure since,” he said.

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The dog with cancer was supposed to have less than a month to live, but that was six months ago.

"We're kind of struggling now because now we're not allowed to. I don't know if I can be a caregiver for my dog,” Overholt said.

The FDA is poised to approve Epidiolex, a marijuana derivative that treats childhood epilepsy, just like advocates claim the oil does.

"So, now that you have one product that you give a child once a day or twice a day that controls 99 percent of their seizures. There's nobody out there, I don't care, who hates marijuana the most sees that transformation in that child and that family that has to take of that child, their heart grows like the Grinch,” Overholt said.

The new regulation is expected to be challenged in court, but that could be a moot point if a ballot proposal legalizing recreational marijuana is passed in November.

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