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Medical pot for ADD, OCD? State mulls petition

/ Source: The Associated Press

State officials will consider a request to allow medical marijuana for people with attention deficit disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder.

The petition is the latest attempt to add a mental illness to Washington's list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis. Three other petitions, for depression and other mental health disorders, have been denied.

Medical marijuana has been legal in Washington state since 1998. The law allows patients with terminal or debilitating conditions to use marijuana. Qualifying conditions include cancer, HIV, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma and "intractable pain."

The latest request involves an Edmonds man who petitioned authorities in September to include attention deficit disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder, conditions he said he has suffered from for years.

The state will consider the petition on Jan. 11.