Minnesota to allow pain patients into pot program

Minnesota MarijuanaExpansion of eligibility could add thousands to struggling state program. 

By Jenifer Brooks – Star Tribune – December 3, 2015

Minnesota is expanding the pool of people who will be eligible for medical marijuana to include those with chronic pain.

Minnesota will open its medical marijuana program to pain patients, starting next summer.

The move, announced Wednesday by Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger, could bring thousands of new patients into a program that has struggled with low enrollment and high prices. Ehlinger, however, said his decision was driven not solely by economic or scientific data but by compassion for pain-wracked Minnesotans who hope cannabis will give them some relief when every other pain treatment has failed.

Minnesota is expanding the pool of people who will be eligible for medical marijuana to include those with chronic pain.

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