State board adds Alzheimer's as qualifying condition for medical marijuana

Created: 04/24/2014 3:40 PM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The list of qualifying conditions for participating in New Mexico's medical marijuana program could soon grow.

The program's medical advisory board voted Wednesday to add all types of neurodegenerative dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, to the list of medical conditions.

Health Secretary Retta Ward will have to make the final decision. It's not clear when that might happen.

The Drug Policy Alliance filed a petition seeking the change. The group says medical marijuana is currently available to Alzheimer's patients in 13 of the states that have medical marijuana programs.

The group says there are more than 30,000 New Mexicans currently living with Alzheimer's disease, and that number is expected to increase to more than 40,000 by 2025.

Supporters say medical marijuana could help with brain inflammation and sleep patterns.

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