Senate approves several changes to medical marijuana law

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Senate has endorsed several proposed changes to the state’s medical marijuana law.

They include adding autism spectrum disorders to the list of qualifying medical conditions, and adding physician assistants to the list of health professionals who can certify patients.

Senators also voted in favor of removing a requirement that health professionals attest medical marijuana will actually help a patient. That has made some wary of certifying patients.

The law updates aren’t yet final. The House must concur with Senate changes on most bills, and Gov. Doug Burgum must also still sign them into law. His spokesman says he supports medical marijuana in general.

The Senate didn’t immediately vote on a House-approved bill that would add edibles as a seventh approved form of medical marijuana.

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