People with PTSD can now buy medical marijuana in Minnesota

More than 100 patients with PTSD have enrolled.

Those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder can now get medical marijuana in Minnesota. 

Patients certified as having PTSD could start enrolling in the state's medical cannabis program last month. And as of Tuesday, they can legally pick up the drug. 

Adding PTSD to the medical cannabis program is only expected to modestly increase the number of patients enrolled in the program, Dr. Kyle Kingsley, CEO of Minnesota Medical Solutions (one of two medical cannabis manufacturers in the state) told the Rochester Post Bulletin

"But the many thousands of folks in Minnesota that suffer from PTSD now have access, and that's a really important step — even if only a few are taking the first steps forward here early in the process," Kingsley added. 

The Associated Press says 105 patients with PTSD have started or completed registering for the program in the past month. 

That's not a very big jump compared to the last time the state added a new qualifying condition to the program. Last summer, patients with chronic pain could start getting the drug. 

This added thousands of customers to the program. According to the latest medical cannabis program update released last month, patients with intractable pain made up the highest number of active patients in the program, with 4,265 people – making up 69 percent of all active patients in the program. 

The program continues to grow

Since Minnesota's medical cannabis program began in July 2015, 8,109 patents have been approved for it (as of July 27), the Minnesota Department of Health's website shows. Of those, 6,421 patients are currently active in the program. 

Advocates are pushing for more conditions to be added to the medical cannabis program, including autism, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, the AP notes. 

For more information on the state's medical marijuana program, click here

Next Up

closed sign

What's open and closed in Minnesota on MLK Day 2021?

Local government offices will generally be closed on Monday.

BMTN 900x450 (8)

Company that falsely promised student loan forgiveness banned from MN

It's also been ordered to repay $11,499 in fees taken from Minnesotans.

covid-19, coronavirus

Here is Minnesota's COVID update for January 15

Hospitalizations are the lowest in Minnesota since October 25.


Osterholm: B117 COVID strain could become major issue in 6-8 weeks

The B117 variant is believed to be more easily transmitted.

General Mills

General Mills halts donations to Republicans who voted to block Biden win

Two Minnesota representatives voted against certification of results in Arizona and Pennsylvania.

overturned semi truck

Winter storm creates whiteout conditions, closing roads and causing crashes

Roads in southwestern Minnesota were closed early Friday, while slippery conditions elsewhere in the state led to crashes and spinouts.


Hennepin Theatre Trust announces 2021-22 Broadway schedule

Health and safety protocols will be in place based on state guidance.

Tim Walz

Walz to hold press conference on MN State Capitol safety concerns

This comes amid ongoing threats to state Capitols across the country.


Minnesotans with PTSD will be able to use medical marijuana

PTSD patients will be able to access the drug, with a note from a qualifying doctor, next year.

Minnesota's medical marijuana can be rubbed into your skin

Leafline Labs is launching a topical medicated cream.

An expansion of Minnesota's medical marijuana program is underway

For the second year, the list of medical conditions that qualify for marijuana use is growing.

Marijuana, cannabis

Minnesota adds 2 more qualifying conditions for medical marijuana

There will be 17 conditions that qualify people to obtain medical marijuana in Minnesota.

Minnesota to add 2 new qualifying conditions for medical marijuana

Eight new dispensaries will open across the state as well.