Michigan May Become First State to Allow Marijuana to Treat Autism

medical marijuana autism
Ida Chinonis helps her 6 year-old daughter Bella take her cannabis oil at their home in Grand Blanc. Photo credit: Zack Wittman, the Flint Journal

In a 4-2 vote last week Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Review Panel voted to add Autism to the list of conditions that qualifies a patient for medical marijuana.

Supporters say cannabis oil with a high concentration of CBD has been shown to help children who suffer from severe Autism, and added that the marijuana would not be given to patients in smokeable form.

The panel was influenced by comments received from some Detroit-area doctors, most notably the head of pediatric neurology at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, and from parents that are desperate for relief. Many of the three dozen spectators cheered and applauded after the vote.

The recommendation now goes to Mike Zimmer, director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Zimmer has until late October to make a final decision. Once a final determination is made it will be announced on the agency’s website.

Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, whose daughter Reagan has autism, has been an advocate of the effort to add Autism to the list.


Stephen Bradley is the editor of Cannablog, a website focused on providing access to news and information about medical and recreational cannabis. Stephen is also a former police supervisor-turned marijuana activist, owner of the Weedbiz™ Network and a speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).