ANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico Health Secretary Alfredo Vigil says patients with severe chronic pain have been added to the list of those who are eligible to use medical marijuana.
The state already allows its use for pain and other symptoms from 14 debilitating illnesses such as cancer, glaucoma, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, HIV-AIDS and certain spinal cord injuries.
Patients must have objective proof, such as X-rays or MRIs, and recommendations from physicians to qualify for the program.
A medical advisory board had also recommended adding chronic muscle inflammation accompanied by muscle weakness, three types of arthritis, post-polio syndrome, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s to the list.
Vigil says he didn’t approve those illnesses because there’s little evidence that medical marijuana would help.