On December 1, 2016, the Minnesota Department of Health announced that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder will become a qualifying condition for medical cannabis on August 1, 2017. This is a great move forward for the state’s struggling medical cannabis program. Sensible Minnesota, the non-profit founded by members of the Borgos Law team, submitted the petition for the addition of PTSD.
By expanding the program, the Minnesota Department of Health is reducing the number of patients using cannabis that face arrest for medicating. This also will allow access for thousands of patients who do not have access to the black market or are afraid of the criminal consequences of a marijuana possession charge.
Unfortunately, petitions for eight other conditions were denied, as well as petitions for the addition of vaporization of whole plant cannabis and edibles as delivery methods. Topical applications were approved in addition to PTSD.