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Minnesota adds PTSD to medical marijuana treatment


ST. PAUL — Minnesotans will be able to treat post-traumatic stress disorder with medical marijuana beginning next year.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger announced the addition on Thursday, Dec. 1, along with saying that he will allow topical applications of the drug, such as in patches and lotions. Until now, just oil and liquid forms of medical marijuana, officially known as medical cannabis, were allowed.

Ehlinger's two decisions take effect next August, giving medical professionals and marijuana sales companies time to prepare.

"We see an increased acceptance by the medical community" as education about it becomes available, Ehlinger said of using marijuana as a drug.


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