South Dakota Announces List of Conditions for Medical Marijuana Program

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On June 30, the South Dakota Department of Health announced a preliminary list of conditions that will be covered by the state’s medical cannabis program, which goes into effect on July 1 following the voters’ passage of IM-26 last November.

Under the law passed by the voters, patients must be experiencing a ‘debilitating medical condition’ and be certified by a doctor that medical cannabis will help alleviate their condition. A process will soon be available for South Dakotans to petition to add more conditions to this list in the future.

The preliminary list of conditions includes:

  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV);
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease;
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS);
  • Cancer associated with severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting;
  • Crohn’s disease;
  • Epilepsy and seizures;
  • Glaucoma; and
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

These conditions are in addition to the definition of “debilitating medical condition” as passed by the voters in IM-26, which is defined as, “A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following: cachexia or wasting syndrome; severe, debilitating pain; severe nausea; seizures; or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis.” The conditions listed above will be included in the final rules package proposed by the Department.

Don’t forget to check out our Marijuana Legalization Map where you can browse the current status of laws in every state in the United States and see all our posts on each of them.

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Licensed to practice since 2008, Thomas Howard has represented numerous financial institutions in litigation to enforce their security interests.
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Licensed to practice since 2008, Thomas Howard has represented numerous financial institutions in litigation to enforce their security interests.

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