MDH is in the process of adding intractable pain as a qualifying condition for Minnesota’s medical cannabis program.
July 1, 2016 - Health care practitioners can start certifying intractable pain patients.
August 1, 2016 – Patients certified for having intractable pain become eligible to receive medical cannabis.
- Summary of Public Comment on Adding Intractable Pain as a Qualifying Condition for the MN Medical Cannabis Program
- Opportunities for Public Input
There are three channels for public input. Submission for written comments closed on October 25.
- Advisory Panel on Intractable Pain
Eight panel members will advise the MDH Commissioner on whether intractable pain should be added to the list of qualifying medical conditions for Minnesota medical cannabis.
- Literature Review and Grading of Evidence
The Minnesota Department of Health contracted with the Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center to do a systematic literature review and grading of evidence on cannabis use for treating chronic non-cancer pain. The Medical Cannabis for Non-Cancer Pain: A Systematic Review, resulting from that work was released in early October.