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Medical marijuana panel rejects new qualifying condition

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico’s medical marijuana advisory committee has rejected a petition that called for adding attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as a new qualifying condition to participate in the state’s program.

The board met Friday in Santa Fe and all seven members who were in attendance agreed to recommend that the disorder not be added to the list.

The board will submit its formal recommendation to state Health Secretary Retta Ward in the coming weeks. She’ll then review the recommendation along with other scientific evidence before making a final decision.

There are currently about 20 qualifying conditions. About 18,000 patients are enrolled in the state’s medical marijuana program, many of them citing chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder as their qualifying conditions.