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Alzheimer's Added as Qualifier for Minn. Medical Marijuana

Alzheimer's is being added to the list of qualifying conditions for Minnesota's medical marijuana program. Alzheimer's is being added to the list of qualifying conditions for Minnesota's medical marijuana program. |  Photo: KSTP-TV file

Created: December 03, 2018 01:52 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota health officials are adding Alzheimer's disease as a qualifying condition to get medical marijuana.

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The state Health Department announced Monday that the new condition would take effect in August 2019. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says there is "some evidence" that marijuana improves the mood, sleep and behavior of people with Alzheimer's.

The department takes public input on what conditions might be added to quality for the state's medical marijuana program. Alzheimer's was one of seven suggested additions. Among those that didn't make the cut: Panic disorder, psoriasis and traumatic brain injury.

Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia.

Minnesota lawmakers legalized medical marijuana in 2014. It's currently approved for such conditions as cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS and intractable pain.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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