Dr. Crocker supports Autism condition for Michigan Medical Marijuana Program

Dr. Crocker supports Autism condition for Michigan Medical Marijuana Program
More conditions could qualify for medical marijuana

By: Marvis Herring
Updated: May 08, 2018 05:24 AM EDT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — There could soon be more qualifying
conditions Michigan’s medical marijuana program.

The state’s Medical Marihuana Review Panel recommended 10 additional
health conditions on Friday, which include:

Arthritis
Autism
Chronic pain
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Parkinson’s
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Spinal cord injury
Tourette’s Syndrome
Ulcerative Colitis

Dr. David Crocker, owner of Michigan Holistic Health, said autism may
be the most significant recommendation.

Crocker explained some of his patients with autism previously
qualified for the medical marijuana program due seizures or a cancer
diagnosis, and those patients found the effects to be two-fold.

“On their return visits, (they) talked about how well it was working
for their autism,” he said.

The MMRP recommended adding autism to the list of qualifying
conditions in 2015, but the then-director of Michigan’s Department of
Licensing and Regulatory Affairs rejected the recommendation.

“We’re very optimistic that the new LARA director will sign off on
those (new recommendations),” Crocker said.

Patients with autism have told Crocker stories of medical marijuana
calming the chaos when their senses may otherwise be overloaded.

“Marijuana makes the world a little less threatening for them. They
tend to be more sociable, better quality of lives, more verbal (and)
they often are able to go back to school,” Crocker said.

Dr. Crocker supports Autism condition for Michigan Medical Marijuana Program