Today, DC Councilmember David Grosso (@cmdgrosso) sent a letter to the Executive Director of the DC Department of Health asking to expand the qualifying conditions for DC’s medical marijuana program.
Metropolitan Wellness Center proudly supports Councilmember Grosso’s list of expanded conditions, which includes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Epilepsy, Crohn’s Disease, Dystonia, and Endometriosis, and is more in line with medical marijuana programs in other states.
The current approved conditions include AIDS/HIV, Cancer, Gluacoma, Multiple Sclerosis, and conditions characterized by muscle spastic disease. That last category has led to the following conditions being approved thus far: Paralysis, Parkinson’s Disease, Restless Leg Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, SCI (Spinal Cord Injury), Sjogren’s Syndrome, and Neuromuscular Disorder of the Pelvic Floor.
Additional conditions that have been approved include the side effects stemming from chemotherapy, the use of azidothymidine or protease inhibitors, as well as radiotherapy.
Metropolitan Wellness Center has registered members to date who have many of these conditions, but also has many interested individuals who will qualify if the expanded conditions are approved.
Although this proposal exists, it will take time to review and finalize in one of a couple ways. First, the Department of Health may act on this through the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board, which means they could act on the recommendation and make it legitimate. However, if the Department of Health does not respond, Councilmember Grosso has stated that he would propose legislation in February. If the latter route is taken, it will take a bit more time to be voted on and finalized.
If you or someone you know are interested in learning more about the upcoming expanded conditions and how you can participate, contact our team at (202) 817-3920 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more about this latest update here.
You can also read Grosso’s letter in full, here.
We will share updates as this topic develops.
Posted on 1/2/2014 at 7:00:00 PM