Decision Looms on Use of Medical Pot for Pain in Minnesota

That, combined with the stories from people suffering from constant pain, ultimately outweighed the medical community’s concerns that there’s not enough evidence to use medical marijuana to treat pain.

Minnesota legislators in 2014 approved using products of the marijuana plant for nine specific health issues, but left the decision about whether intractable pain – severe pain that otherwise can not be treated – up to the health commissioner.

Ehlinger said in a statement that it was a “tough choice”, according to the AP. Additionally, the Commissioner will recommend that medical cannabis be added to Minnesota’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to help the state gather further data about how medical cannabis is being used and its impact on the use of other drugs that treat pain.

After months of weighing input, Department of Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger added intractable pain to the small list of qualifying conditions well ahead of a...

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