Politics & Government
4:32 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Advocates urge state panel to allow medical pot for PTSD

Dozens of people showed up in Lansing Friday to urge the state to allow medical marijuana use for post-traumatic stress disorder.

The state Bureau of Health Care Services held a meeting to collect public comment on adding PTSD to a list of allowable conditions.        

Marte Hughson is a former emergency room nurse. She said she’s been using marijuana medicinally since she was forced to leave her job and move from her home in Flint.

“So I am post-traumatic stress, and this is my life. And I just encourage you guys, we need our cannabis so we can function,” Hughson said.          

A Bureau of Health Services panel recently recommended that Parkinson’s disease be added to the list of allowable conditions, but said PTSD should not be included.

The public comment period ends in March. After that, the panel will make its final recommendations to the director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.