What pain qualifies for Minnesota medical marijuana

(Special to the Pioneer Press: Andy Clayton-King)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — One word carries a lot of weight in Minnesota health officials’ decision to expand its medical marijuana to pain patients: intractable.

The state’s definition of what qualifies as “intractable pain” has big implications starting in August for how many new people will begin buying via the state program.

Here’s a look at what that means for the state’s struggling program and the people who hope to buy medical marijuana to soothe their pain.


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