State lists autism, arthritis as conditions treatable by medical marijuana


As the state has increased the number of conditions that qualify to be treated by medical marijuana, near the top of that list is autism.

This is a huge breakthrough for parents who have had trouble finding effective treatments for their kids.

“I was a little fearful that she wasn’t going to sign it and I’m so thankful that she did,” said Amie Carter.

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) is adding 11 new conditions to the list of illnesses that can legally be treated by medical marijuana, one of which is autism.

Carter has an 11-year-old son named Jayden.

Jayden has autism and his mom said he’s had major issues with behavior in the past sometimes even becoming violent.

But because Jayden suffers from other medical conditions he was able to take cannabis oil and what it did for his autism and violent outbursts blew his mother away.

“My son almost ended up in the juvenile detention center at 9-years-old. Because of cannabis oil he hasn’t any encounters with police in over a year, it changed our lives,” Carter said.

Carter said Jayden’s reaction and overall behavior did a 180 and after seeing these positive changes, she became a part of the state-wide push to add autism to that list of conditions petitioning LARA.

She said this treatment can and will change lives and is happy that others in similar situations, like her son's, now have the option.

“It is definitely opening the doors to be able to help many, many families,” Carter said. “I honestly feel like it saved my son’s life as well as my family’s. We were under such great stress on a day to day basis, it was a tough situation. It’s just mind-blowing.”

Autism is just one of 11 new conditions added to the list.

Some others include Parkinson’s disease, Tourette’s syndrome, Arthritis, OCD, chronic pain, and colitis.

"Being a hair stylist, 43 years being on my feet working with my hands, a lot of arthritis in my feet and my hands," said Connie Nelson-Trischler, arthritis sufferer.

She even had an ankle surgery to ease the arthritis.

"I am all for the medical purpose of ingesting, would you call it ingesting marijuana, for health reasons, inflammation and pain," Nelson-Trischler said.

She said medical marijuana is an option to help blunt the pain she goes through.

"I have rubber slippers next to my bed when I get up. I can't walk in my bare feet. The hand sticks, the pain's there," she said.

Nelson-Trischler said she has never smoked marijuana in the past and she would not puff on it to deal with her arthritis.

"I think it would be great if it was a natural product. If you're not really smoking it, but you're using the oils. I've heard a lot of good things about the oils," she said.

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