Pennsylvania may expand medical cannabis qualifying conditions list

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It may soon become easier for more patients to purchase medical cannabis in Pennsylvania, a development that could boost dispensary sales.

The state’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Board approved a new process for adding medical ailments to the list of treatable conditions, the Tribune-Review reported.

In coming weeks regulators will start accepting petitions for new conditions to be added.

That, in turn, could lead to ailments such as depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and insomnia being added to the list, which already has 21 medical conditions.

The board will discuss and possibly vote on proposed additions at its next meeting on Feb. 1.

The state’s qualifying condition list has been expanded at least once, the Tribune-Review reported, with the addition of terminal illness and opioid addiction.

As of December, roughly 87,000 patients have already registered in Pennsylvania to obtain MMJ, and more than 56,000 have been issued patient certifications.