Should “Intractable Pain” be Added to Medical Marijuana Conditions?

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Nearly a dozen people met with the Minnesota Department of Health to talk about the state’s medical cannabis program.
It was the public’s chance to weigh in on current medical marijuana regulations.

KVRR’s Brittany Ford was at the meeting at M State and joins us LIVE.


For people like Jane Langer, the cannabis program meeting is a hopeful step.

The 53-year-old  suffers from multiple health issues, including degenerative disk disease.
“I don’t know…there’s time where I can’t get out of bed. There are times I don’t think I can make it. I got a daughter that’s 27, and I got a daughter that’s turning 18. They want me around,” said Jane Langer of Sebeka Minnesota.
She is currently on medication, but still lives in pain.

Her condition doesn’t qualify for medical cannabis.

If it’s added to the list or not won’t matter for people in our area right now.

The MinnMed Moorhead medical marijuana location pushed back its opening date to next year.

A Clay County health official explained that it is still unclear why.
“Well I believe that’s been delayed a little while to find out who the customers are in the area,” said Gina Nolte of Clay County Public Health.
“There so many that need it out there. I think that they shouldn’t worry about the abusers. They should let people that have the pain, and live with it daily, and can’t go out and live a normal life be able to do this,” said Langer.
The health department is holding a series of meetings around the state through October.

A final decision on adding intractable pain to the list will be made by January.

Reporting LIVE, Brittany Ford KVRR News.