PTSD added to medical marijuana program

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DETROIT (AP) — Marijuana can be used to relieve post-traumatic stress disorder in Michigan, the first new condition since voters approved pot for medicinal use in 2008.

The head of a state agency that oversees the medical marijuana program says he’s following the recommendation of a review panel but he still has concerns. Steve Arwood signed an order Friday.

Arwood says using marijuana for PTSD means the Michigan program now is moving into mental health. Marijuana typically has been used to relieve the side effects of cancer, glaucoma, HIV, hepatitis C and a few other conditions.

PTSD is considered a mental health condition linked to a terrifying event.

Michigan users of medical marijuana need certification from a doctor and a card from the state. More than 100,000 people have cards.

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