Medical marijuana aimed at multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and cancer patients

by Jessie Bekker

Potential users of medical marijuana in Minnesota are likely to suffer from multiple sclerosis, epilepsy or cancer, according to a Minnesota Department of Health press release.

The results are based on an online survey of 1,361 people who may participate in the Minnesota Medical Cannabis program, MDH said.

The survey showed 70 percent of people would likely participate in the medical marijuana program, compared to 7 percent who do not plan on registering, according to the press release.

Over half of the survey respondents said they receive government aid like Social Security disability or Medicaid, MDH said.

Medical marijuana will become available to patients beginning July 1 from eight dispensaries statewide, the release said.

Up to 5,000 patients could be eligible to receive medical marijuana, according to MPR News.

The release says the sample is not representative of all medical marijuana users in Minnesota.