Minnesota’s Medical Marijuana Fight Turns To Chronic Pain

MINNESOTA:  When lawmakers approved the state’s new medical marijuana program last month, they deliberately left out the largest group of potential patients: those with chronic pain.

But the debate is not over, and how state leaders sort out the issue of chronic pain and marijuana will determine whether Minnesota’s marijuana program expands by a few thousand people — or perhaps a hundred thousand.

During the last legislative session, compelling stories of children with seizure disorders and their families resurrected a once-dead bill, giving medical marijuana advocates their first victory after more than a decade of effort at the state Capitol.

But pain is a game changer in the medical marijuana world. In Colorado and Oregon, two states with large programs, at least 94 percent of the medical marijuana program participants list chronic pain as a qualifying diagnosis.
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