Minnesota Adding PTSD as Qualifying Medical Cannabis Condition
Minnesota’s Health Department has announced that they plan to allow those with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to use medical cannabis.
The move comes just a few months after the department changed the rules to allow those with chronic pain to become medical cannabis patients.
Minnesota’s medical cannabis program was established in 2014; it allows those with a physician recommendation to possess and use cannabis products such as tinctures and oils, but prohibits the smoking or possession of whole plant cannabis. The program is limited to certain debilitating conditions such as cancer and epilepsy. The addition of chronic pain greatly expanded the number of people who qualify for the program, and adding PTSD will expand this even further.
The new rules allowing those with PTSD to use medical cannabis will go into effect in August.
Once someone in Minnesota becomes a medical cannabis patient, they are authorized to purchase cannabis products from one of the state’s eight “Cannabis Patient Centers”. These are located in the towns of Bloomington, Eagan, Hibbing, Minneapolis, Moorhead, Rochester, St. Cloud and St. Paul.
A full list of these locations, including their phone numbers, addresses and hours of operation, can be found on the official site for the Minnesota Department of Health, by clicking here.