Intractable pain patients to get access to Minnesota medical marijuana

According to a decision taken by Minnesota health officials, residents with intractable pain will be allowed to buy medical marijuana beginning in August. A state official briefed and confirmed the decision on clause of anonymity to The Associated Press, because he wasn’t allowed to make any comment ahead of an official statement.

On Wednesday, Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger announced the decision at a news conference. Ehlinger has called the decision ‘the apt and compassionate alternative’ to light a new ray of hope for suffering patients.

Commissioner Ehlinger said that the relative lack of solid proof made this a tough decision. Ehlinger added that after taking the strong medical focus of Minnesota’s medical cannabis program and the convincing testimony of hundreds of Minnesotans into consideration, it became clear that addition of intractable pain to the program’s list of qualifying conditions was the right and compassionate choice. The move will give new alternations for clinicians and suffering patients will get fresh hope.

The development is likely to significantly raise the number of patients in the program, which has low enrollment due to its strict rules. Furthermore, medical manufacturers have also said that addition of more patients is the answer to lowering high costs that have frightened some patients away.

Members of the public were tremendously supportive adding intractable pain, whereas a panel of medical experts warned against it. While speaking to KARE 11, Doug McChesney, 50, said that he has been unemployed for 8 years due to a neck injury and supported the expansion.

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