Insomnia to be qualifying condition for medical cannabis in New Mexico

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May 17—Insomnia will be on the list of conditions that qualify someone for enrollment in the state's Medical Cannabis Program, starting June 1.

The addition of the condition was made at the program's Medical Advisory Board meeting, according to a statement the New Mexico Department of Health issued Tuesday. A petition requesting insomnia be added as a qualifying condition was submitted for consideration at the board's last meeting in March and the board's members "eligible to vote" voted unanimously to support the addition.

"Even though patients may access cannabis without a medical cannabis card through the adult use program, by including insomnia in the list of qualifying conditions, patients would have increased opportunity to discuss with their medical provider how cannabis can be used to impact their insomnia and help them sleep better," Department of Health Secretary Patrick Allen wrote in his decision approving the petition.

Insomnia is the 30th qualifying condition for the Medical Cannabis Program. Anxiety disorder was the most recent added condition in December.