Top 3 conditions of Minnesota's potential medical marijuana patients

Multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and cancer are the top conditions reported by potential users of medical marijuana in Minnesota, a state health department survey found. The internet-based survey of 1,361 potential users found about half reported their qualifying condition as multiple sclerosis or severe muscle spasms.

Key findings

70 percent reported they were likely to register for the medial cannabis program

24 percent indicated they may register

7 percent are not planning on registering

Top conditions

Multiple sclerosis or severe muscle spasms - 51.5 percent.

Cancer - 17.6 percent.

Epilepsy or seizures - 17.5 percent.

Glaucoma - 10.8 percent.

Crohn's disease - 9.3 percent.

Terminal Illness - 7.5 percent.

NOTE: Percentages do not add up to 100 percent because 15 percent of respondents reported more than one condition.

Age Groups

18 or younger – 9.5 percent

19 to 64 – 82 percent

65 or older – 8.5 percent

"We're making good progress with the program, and this survey gives us some more information about where potential patients may live and the conditions for which they may seek additional treatment," said MDH Assistant Commissioner Manny Munson-Regala.

Conditions covered by Minnesota's medical cannabis law

Cancer associated with severe/chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting

Glaucoma

HIV/AIDS

Tourette's syndrome

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy

Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis

Crohn's disease

Terminal illness, with a life expectancy of less than one year, if the illness or treatment produces severe/chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, cachexia or severe wasting

NOTE: As a voluntary, online survey, this is not a scientifically representative sample of Minnesota's total population of medical cannabis users.

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