Medical marijuana bills amended, faces Senate votes in coming days

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The Senate will vote on four bills relating to medical marijuana in the coming days: House Bills 1364, 1417, 1283 and 1519.

HB 1283 and 1519 were amended Thursday and will expand access to the program.

HB 1519 adds more conditions that qualify for the program. Some of the proposed conditions like anorexia and bulimia were already included in current law, but the Senate added in Anxiety Disorder and Autism spectrum disorder.

House Bill 1283 would let additional veterans apply for the program.

“Section 3 adds a procedure for veterans who receive their healthcare through the VA to apply for a medical certificate to the Department of Health by allowing the patient to directly provide medically necessary information with their registration certificate application,” said Sen. Kathy Hogan, D-Fargo.

Two of the conditions that were removed and won't be covered under 1519 are opioid use disorder and opioid withdrawal.