Adding New Medical Conditions - Medical Cannabis Program
Two Qualifying Medical Conditions Added
MDH will add sickle cell disease and chronic vocal or motor tic disorder to the list of qualifying medical conditions for participation in the Minnesota Medical Cannabis program. The new conditions will take effect in August 2021.
MDH accepts petitions from the public to add qualifying medical conditions and new delivery methods. This process takes place every year in June and July.
There were no petitions for adding new delivery methods in 2020.
If I have either of these two conditions, when can I sign up for the program?
Patients certified for sickle cell disease or chronic motor or vocal tic disorder will become eligible to enroll in the state's Medical Cannabis program on July 1, 2021, and receive medical cannabis from either of the state's two medical cannabis manufacturers starting Aug. 1, 2021. As with other qualifying conditions, patients need advance certification from a Minnesota health care provider.
Anxiety petition to undergo further study
MDH will take a deeper look at specific anxiety disorders in 2021. As part of the additional study, MDH convened a work group that included health care practitioners who treat patients with anxiety disorder.
In addition to having convened the work group, OMC staff is reaching out to other states with medical cannabis programs that have anxiety as a qualifying medical condition and is gathering additional information about their patients' experiences.
Petitions Considered in 2020
Petitions for potential qualifying conditions considered in 2020, along with related issue briefs, include:
Public Written Comments Received
Review the 2020 Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program Medical Condition Petition Comments (PDF). Comments posted are through Oct. 22.