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About 500 children are using cannabis as medicine in Minnesota. Here’s a breakdown.

By: - January 28, 2020 2:57 pm

Some Minnesotans whose sick children depend on CBD and other cannabinoids for medical use are pushing for schools to allow those products on their campuses, according to the Star Tribune.

State law bans medical cannabis from school property but says nothing about CBD, the Star Tribune reported. Many schools have banned the products, meaning some parents have to pick their kids up mid-day to give them doses intended to help manage seizures and autism, among other conditions. 

Rep. Heather Edelson, DFL-Edina, has drafted legislation that would permit CBD oil and medical cannabis in schools.

If legislators approve the bill, about 500 children statewide would be affected, according to data from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Youth under 18 account for roughly 3% of the state’s active medical cannabis patients. More than half are certified as having autism spectrum disorder, while a quarter use it for seizures, the MDH data show.

The average age of Minnesota’s 18,249 registered patients is about 49, according to MDH. Among adult patients, the most common registered conditions are intractable pain and PTSD.

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Rilyn Eischens
Rilyn Eischens

Rilyn Eischens is a data reporter with the Reformer. Rilyn was born and raised in Minnesota and has worked in newsrooms in the Twin Cities, Iowa, Texas and most recently Virginia, where she covered education for The Staunton News Leader. She's an alumna of the Dow Jones News Fund data journalism program and the Minnesota Daily. When Rilyn isn't in the newsroom, she likes to read, add to her plant collection and try new recipes.

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