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PTSD patients can purchase medical marijuana in Minnesota

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In Minnesota, patients with post-traumatic stress disorder can purchase medical marijuana, beginning Aug. 1.

Patients with PTSD can now register to receive medical cannabis through Minnesota’s medical cannabis program.

Last December, the Minnesota Department of Health first announced that PTSD had been added to the program’s list of qualifying conditions.

“This decision was made after careful deliberation of available evidence, consultation with experts in the field and public input,” Dr. Ed Ehlinger, Minnesota’s health commissioner, said late last year 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. PTSD also has few effective treatment alternatives available for some patients with the condition,” he said.