Intractable? Key word in medical marijuana expansion

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — One word carries a lot of weight in Minnesota health officials' decision to expand its medical marijuana to pain patients: intractable.

The state's definition of what qualifies as "intractable pain" has big implications starting in August for how many new people will begin buying via the state program.

Here's a look at what that means for the state's struggling program and the people who hope to buy medical marijuana to soothe their pain.


Medical marijuana has been strictly defined under Minnesota's law, and that continues with intractable pain.

State law says it means pain that "cannot be removed or otherwise treated." And medical marijuana will only be an option if no cure or relief has been found through normal medical methods, "or none has been found after reasonable efforts."

Dr. David Schultz, medical director at MAPS Medical Pain Clinics...

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