Nearly Half of New Medical Marijuana Patients in New Mexico List PTSD

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The number of people licensed to use medical marijuana in New Mexico has grown substantially since the state began the program a decade ago.

The latest figures from the state Health Department show a total of 48,821 patients were enrolled at the end of February. Almost half of them list post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying condition.

Patients must meet at least one of 21 conditions for a medical marijuana card. The other most common qualifying conditions include severe chronic pain and cancer.

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State health officials have been careful over the years to expand the list of conditions. Still pending is a petition to allow medical marijuana to be used as a tool in the fight against opioid abuse and the associated withdrawal symptoms.

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