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.
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