News release: MDH extends intractable pain meeting, adds opportunity for written comments

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November 6, 2015

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MDH extends intractable pain meeting, adds opportunity for written comments

To provide additional time for public comments, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has moved up the start time to 3 p.m. for the November 10 meeting to gather public comment about recommendations from the Advisory Panel on Intractable Pain (PDF).

In addition, MDH is providing the public with the opportunity to submit written comments to health.cannabis@state.mn.us by 11:59 p.m., November 10. The public can also submit written comments at the public meeting.

For those interested in publicly commenting on the recommendations at the meeting, there will be a sign-up sheet at the door.

The November 10 public meeting will include a brief overview of the panel recommendations, followed by a comment period during which those in attendance can offer comment on the recommendations.

Event: Intractable Pain Recommendations Meeting

Location: Wentworth Library, 199 Wentworth Avenue East, West St. Paul, MN, 55118

Time: November 10, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Minnesota’s 2014 medical cannabis statute requires the health commissioner to make a determination by Jan. 1, 2016, as to whether or not to add intractable pain as a qualifying condition for Minnesota’s medical cannabis program. MDH formed the Advisory Panel on Intractable Pain to advise the commissioner. This panel was selected through a Minnesota Secretary of State application process.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Office of Medical Cannabis (OMC) posted two documents on November 4 reflecting sharply divergent input on the question of whether to add intractable pain to the program’s list of qualifying conditions. Both documents are available on the MDH website at Medical Cannabis: Intractable Pain.

The first document is a summary of more than 400 public comments collected online and at 12 community meetings MDH held around the state over the last few months. The public’s comments are overwhelmingly in favor of adding intractable pain to the program’s list of qualifying conditions (93 percent in favor). The second document posted is a summary of recommendations from the Advisory Panel on Intractable Pain, where a majority of panel members recommended not adding intractable pain as an eligible condition.

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Media inquiries:

Scott Smith
MDH Communications
651-201-5806
scott.smith@state.mn.us