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Autism, Sleep Apnea Added As Qualifying Conditions To Medical Pot Program

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Health officials announced Thursday that autism and obstructive sleep apnea are now qualifying conditions for the state's medical marijuana program.

In a statement, Dr. Ed Ehlinger, the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health, said that there's "increasing evidence" that medical cannabis can help those suffering from the two conditions.

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Earlier this year, petitioners put forward 10 conditions to be considered for inclusion in the state's restrictive program. Of the 10, which included Parkinson's disease and dementia, perhaps none was more vocally supported than autism.

Starting in July, patients certified to have autism or obstructive sleep apnea will be able to enroll in the medical marijuana program. On Aug. 1, 2018, the patients will be able to receive medical pot from the state's two providers.

Other qualifying conditions for the program include cancer, HIV/AIDS, Tourette's syndrome, seizures, terminal illness, intractable pain, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

More information the program can be found here.

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