Minnesotans learn this afternoon whether the state Health Department will add additional medical conditions that allow patients to qualify for the state’s medical cannabis program. The legislature approved the program with an initial set of medical conditions. The Health Department can add to that list unless lawmakers say “no” — which has not happened so far. Last year, autism and sleep apnea were added. The year before it was post-traumatic stress disorder. Those decisions came when Ed Ehlinger (ELL-ing-ger) was Health Commissioner, but he since resigned in the wake of the Health Department’s mishandling of elder abuse allegations. His successor, Jan Malcolm, is now the decision-maker on qualifying conditions for medical cannabis.


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