I was speaking to someone the other day about the MMMP. In discussing the diseases and conditions covered, I pointing out that there were two conditions that were indirectly mentioned. These two are epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. The exact wording reads: seizures, including but not limited to those characteristic of epilepsy; or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to those characteristic of multiple sclerosis.
I was then asked the question that I could not answer: what conditions produces seizures characteristic of epilepsy; and which ones leave the patient with persistent muscle spasms characteristic of multiple sclerosis.
I am now on an internet search for those conditions. If you know of others, please list them. These would be the things that should be detailed under Section 3 (3) as other medical condition or its treatment approved by the department.
The conditions that produce seizures characteristic of epilepsy includes: low sodium or glucose, blood vessel is defective in the brain, head injury, cavernous hemangioma, arteriovenous malformation, encephalitis, meningitis, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), kidney failure, liver failure, heart disease, high blood pressure, migraines, narcolepsy, Tourette's syndrome, and of course epilepsy.
The conditions that produces persistent muscle spasms characteristic of multiple sclerosis includes: dystonia, abnormal blood vessels of the brain, CNS tumors, degeneration of the nervous system, Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), sarcoidosis, spinal vascular malformations, stroke, Binswanger’s disease, neurosyphilis, human T-cell lymphotrophic virus-1 (HTLV-1), Myasthenia Gravis (MG), Benign essential tremor, Wernicke's encephalopathy, Parkinson's disease, Tetany, and multiple sclerosis. Another disease that fits is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) [which is listed in 3 a (1)].
Many of these conditions I had not heard of before today. I would not surprise to find that most of us were unaware of these ailments. Those that I have heard of, also come with a side of pain and discomfort. These are the people who should, and are to be covered under Section 3 a (2). It should not be necessary for a panel to spell out each of these conditions, but it may have to happen in order for the medical/law enforcement crowd to see what is missed when a packaged is wrapped to tight.
Those who oppose the use of marihuana as medicine have made jokes about people with made-up pain. It’s too bad that they will have to become afflicted to understand what being sick really means.