Minnesota To Expand MMJ Program

Minnesota is now considering expanding its medical marijuana program to pain patients. The program started back in July allows patients suffering from a limited number of severe or fatal illnesses to use marijuana in a liquid or pill form - no smoking or edibles.

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Legislation began allow medical marijuana use for nine qualifying conditions. Hundreds of patients have testified the need for adding intractable pain as a qualifying condition, although there is an advisory panel of clinicians and health care providers recommended against adding. Dr. Ed Ehlinger, the health commissioner, said, "This gives new options for clinicians and new hope for suffering patients."

While opponents are still concerned about marijuana becoming more widely used, mainly among children, patients certified as suffering from intractable pain can begin to receive medical marijuana in August 2016.