New Mexico Health Secretary Retta Ward says post-traumatic stress disorder will remain as a qualifying condition for the state's medical marijuana program.
Ward made the announcement Tuesday. Her decision backed up a recommendation made last year by the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Advisory Board.
The board had rejected a petition by an Albuquerque psychiatrist who said there was a lack of scientific evidence proving medical marijuana helped those with PTSD.
State law allows citizens to petition the board to add or delete medical conditions that qualify patients for a medical marijuana license.
The Health Department says there are about 3,700 New Mexicans who used a PTSD diagnosis to qualify for a license.
In all, there are nearly 8,900 New Mexicans who have licenses from the department that allow them to purchase medical marijuana from nonprofit growers.
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