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5:40 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Medical Marijuana Panel Draws Fire From Advocates

A state panel will meet this week to consider whether new health conditions should be covered under Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act.

But as The Michigan Public Radio Network’sJake Neher reports, there’s a question over whether the board’s make-up violates that law.

The state dissolved a similar panel earlier this year. That board had already voted to allow patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and Parkinson’s disease to use medical pot. But those conditions were never officially added to the list of acceptable ailments.

Now some advocates question whether the new board risks the same fate because it doesn’t include proper representation from the medical community.

Attorney and medical marijuana activist Michael Komorn says it’s critical to put a board in place that complies with the voter-approved law.

“I don’t know why the government can’t get it together to allow these other conditions - that people can receive benefits from - from moving forward,” he says.

The state says it’s working to fix the make-up of the panel.