Lawmakers won’t look to add more conditions for medical marijuana program

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Legislators won’t continue adding new conditions to qualify for the state’s medical marijuana program as an interim legislative committee voted against the study on Tuesday.

The study would likely have looked at the possibility of adding opioid use disorder and withdrawal to the list of acceptable conditions.

Another bill during the 2019 session extended the program to cover disorders like anorexia, bulimia, autism spectrum disorder and brain injury.

Mylynn Tufte, the State Health Officer, said they Department of Health wanted the study during the interim.

“A lot of states have a governing board that approves conditions and brings to the legislature a repeatable process,” said Tufte.

She added the state has made progress against the opioid crisis, but not enough to “cross the threshold” to where the state reverses the effects. Tufte says right now, she doesn’t believe in using medical marijuana to treat opioid use disorder.

“There are a lot of people that are still struggling with addiction and marijuana is something that people are thinking might help, but I can’t say that is really an effective measure,” Said Tufte.