State adds new conditions that qualify for medical marijuana program

Minnesota Commissioner of Health Ed Ehlinger has added two new conditions that allow people to qualify for the state’s medical marijuana program.

The conditions are autism spectrum disorders and obstructive sleep apnea.

“Any policy decisions about cannabis are difficult due to the relative lack of published scientific evidence,” Ehlinger said in a news release. “However, there is increasing evidence for potential benefits of medical cannabis for those with severe autism and obstructive sleep apnea.”

The state’s health department this year asked for the the public’s feedback to get their input on potential qualifying conditions. In June and July, citizens could submit petitions to more at