“Hope” – Autism as a New Condition for the MMMA Program

“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”
― Emily Dickinson

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”
― William Faulkner

“We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming – well, that’s like saying you can never change your fate.”
― Amy Tan, The Hundred Secret Senses

Hope keeps us going; hope is important. It is remaining in the game, believing that things will be OK, and not giving up.

It is getting to the end of the road, having nowhere to go, and instead of quitting, continuing to fight to figure it out, to stay present and mindful, and not give up.

Hope is important. Without hope people have nothing.

A new, thoroughly researched petition to add autism to the list of conditions which can be treated with medical marijuana will be heard by the Michigan Medical Marihuana Review Panel on July 20, 2015 at 9:30 am at 611 W. Ottawa in Lansing. LARA originally refused to hear the new petition, citing the denial of two previously submitted petitions for autism. The previously submitted petitions provided limited science and research in support, and resulted in a “no” vote. This new petition was accompanied by over 75 peer review articles and over 800 pages of research on the issue of cannabis as a viable option for the treatment of autism.

Despite what can only be described as overwhelming evidence, LARA, the agency tasked with addressing petitions for new conditions, refused to hold a hearing or even consider the petition. This “dead-end” and unjust position seemingly demanded that myself and Attorney Tim Knowlton, the Michigan Medical Marijuana —> Read More