Minnesota Adds PTSD as Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana

Minnesota Adds PTSD as Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana

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Minnesota residents suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder will soon be able to use medical marijuana to treat their condition. On Dec. 1, 2016, Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger announced that the state would add PTSD to its list of qualifying conditions.

In June and July of this year, the state of Minnesota asked residents to submit petitions to add qualifying conditions to the state’s list. Nine conditions were ultimately taken into consideration, including autism and depression, but PTSD was the only one approved by the state.

“This decision was made after careful deliberation of available evidence, consultation with experts in the field and public input,” Ehlinger said in a statement. “While the process of reviewing these potential additions was difficult due to the relative lack of published scientific evidence, PTSD presented the strongest case for potential benefits.”

Under Minnesota law, patients suffering from PTSD will become eligible to receive medical marijuana in August 2017.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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