Increased Marijuana Uses in Minnesota: PTSD gets Listed in the Medical Marijuana Program

<span>Increased Marijuana Uses in Minnesota: PTSD gets Listed in the Medical Marijuana Program</span>

Many states, counties and cities are now accepting the benefits of marijuana uses. In Minnesota, PTSD is now listed as one of the conditions that can legally be treated using medical marijuana. The Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) now joins the list of other health conditions that have been qualified in the medical cannabis program of Minnesota after consideration by the relevant authorities. This was one of the nine health conditions that were petitioned by people through the Department of Health. Lobbyists sought ask relevant authorities to add these conditions onto the list of health complications that can be addressed through cannabis medication. Out of the nine proposed conditions, PTSD was the only one that passed. Maren Schroeder, a resident of Stewartville filed the petition for listing PTSD last summer. Schroeder is the founder of Sensible Minnesota and is a patient with the same condition. She said that pre-clinical research has shown that marijuana can be of great help in addressing such symptoms as flashbacks, nightmares and anxiety.

According to Schroeder, marijuana will help her as a patient. She confessed to have used marijuana in the past and reported that it was really beneficial in dealing with her anxious moments. Most importantly, it helped her in getting rid of nightmares. Following the inclusion of PTSD into this list, she was really excited both for her having the legal and safe access of marijuana and for other patients who have been struggling to get the chance to try the medicine. The health department also chose to permit manufacturers to establish and offer topic formulas of medical marijuana.

Schroeder and Sensible Minnesota also worked on another petition that would permit vaporization of the entire plant. The commissioner in charge did not assent to this proposition of whole flower plants as a method of ingestion. For Schroeder, it was a great disappointment because she felt that it was way cheaper to manufacture. She said that the oils take manufacturing that is usually made possible through a number of laboratory tests. If medical marijuana patients had access to the cannabis plant itself, then there would be a greatly reduced cost that would assist in supplementing the price of the oils as well. Currently, one of the main reasons why there is a challenge to cut down the costs is due to the restrictive nature of the program. According to the commissioner, it is not in the interest of the law for him to make an approval of the entire plant as a method of ingestion and looking at it personally Schroeder believes that he was right. It is in the interest of the regulation to control access and manage a small program. The issue is that, patients who are in need of this solution are not able to pay for it. Consequently, they will be forced to turn to the black market for assistance. Therefore, the issue goes back to the legislature to deal with this situation.

Following the inclusion of PTSD in the medical weed program, there are now 11 health conditions qualified. Developments on marijuana reforms are coming in bit by bit and marijuana advocates love it this way. It is a strong wave whose impact cannot be resisted. Even with an incoming administration, a total of 28 states with working marijuana laws would be difficult to beat. Furthermore, President-elect, Donald-Trump didn’t have any issue with states establishing their own laws to regulate the cultivation and use of marijuana. In the coming days, marijuana will soon be applicable in a number of ways in Minnesota. States, counties and cities are borrowing from each other and soon, these jurisdictions will exchange notes and come up with measures that benefit their people.


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