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.