Patients with Chronic Pain can Now Purchase Medical Cannabis in Minnesota

minnesotayeahAs of today in Minnesota, those with chronic pain who have a recommendation from a physician are authorized to purchase medical cannabis and cannabis products from one of the state’s eight dispensaries.

“I could just cry I’m so excited,” said Bjerke Severson, one of the first chronic pain patients to visit a dispensary in the state (she went to Bloomington clinic). “I don’t enjoy this life I have right now.”

In total, there are eight “Cannabis Patient Centers” throughout the state, located in the towns of Bloomington, Eagan, Hibbing, Minneapolis, Moorhead, Rochester, St. Cloud and St. Paul.

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Intractable Pain Now a Qualifying Medical Cannabis Condition in Minnesota

Cannabis pills being sold at a dispensary in Minnesota. (Photo: BizJournals.com)
Cannabis pills being sold at a dispensary in Minnesota. (Photo: BizJournals.com)

As of July 1st in Minnesota, those with intractable pain are authorized to become registered medical cannabis patients, allowing them to purchase, possess and use cannabis and cannabis products.

“July 1 marks the start of intractable pain registration and the anniversary of the availability of medical cannabis in Minnesota,” says Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger. “During this first year, Minnesota has succeeded at setting up a medically focused program that provides consistent and quality-controlled cannabis products to patients. According to our early surveys, about 90 percent of Minnesota patients reported some level of benefit.”

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