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Post-traumatic stress disorder could qualify for medical pot

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DETROIT -- An advisory panel is recommending that medical marijuana be approved for Michigan residents suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The vote last week was 6-2. The ultimate decision now rests with Steve Arwood, director of a state agency that oversees the medical marijuana program.

It would be the first debilitating medical condition added to the program since voters approved marijuana for the side effects of cancer and other ailments in 2008. A vote on insomnia was a tie, 4-4.

War can leave veterans with mental scars

Chris Lindsey of the Marijuana Policy Project, a national group, says marijuana can be safer for people with stress disorder than prescription drugs.

He says the disorder can affect anyone who has suffered a traumatic event, not just war veterans.

If approved, Michigan would become the eighth state to allow medical marijuana prescriptions for PTSD.

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