A state official has rejected a recommendation to add severe autism to the list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana in Michigan.
Michigan would become the first state to allow medical marijuana for children with severe autism if a senior official follows the recommendation made Friday by an advisory panel.
Supporters say oil extracted from marijuana has been effective in controlling severe physical behavior by kids with autism.
The panel’s job is to make a recommendation in favor or against adding autism to the list of conditions, such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV and hepatitis C.
Authorities say a father killed his 20-year-old autistic son before taking his own life because he apparently didn’t want to burden the family.
“I know parents who are desperate. They’re missing out on something that could enhance their child’s life.”
There’s been concern for some parents that vaccines cause autism. Now new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) may ease the mind of parents when it comes to vaccines.
Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday plans to sign mid-budget year bills to finalize a plan to tackle Michigan’s projected $412 million shortfall in two primary funds that receive about $21 billion annually in tax revenue.
With the potential to affect thousands, the recent outbreak of measles in the U.S. has placed a spotlight on a debate that’s raged for years.
Snyder has signed legislation to take $5.5 million from a state autism fund and redirect it to autism programs at universities and for autism-related family assistance services.