STATES CHRONICLE – As we’re progressing into a new, more open-minded age, so are, inevitably, our laws. Just as they should, seeing that the world is changing around us day by day. Old mentalities and mindsets are not that applicable anymore, since the reality around us doesn’t really match them. As inevitability would have it, medical marijuana is becoming legal in more and more states. And as such, Minnesota reconsidered its pain requirements for medical marijuana.
Minnesota officials decided to come to a common agreement as to what defines ‘intractable’ pain, as the new medical marijuana laws that will come into force starting August will depend on that. The herb has been very strictly regulated, and pain patients may finally get their turn. At least some of them will.
As the state is proposing to allow medical marijuana to be available to pain patients starting August, a series of regulations regarding those that will buy the green pain reliever via Minnesota’s state program will have to be enforced; therefore, the officials have decided that only patients suffering with intractable pain will be able to register in the program.
State law only accepts intractable pain to be that pain which cannot be removed or otherwise treated, and medical marijuana will only be available to those who are suffering from pains for which no cure has been found after reasonable efforts. The types of pain that will be accepted as in need of medical marijuana will be that which could not be normally fixed by doctors, like that resulting from life altering injuries and neurological damage.
This is quite a negative prognosis for pain sufferers throughout Minnesota who were hoping to be able to register starting this July, as they were hoping to be able to jump in on the pain-relieving industry. People are worried that their doctors will not give them their prescriptions, as there are ways to relieve some of the most severe forms of pain; however, they involve medicine that would knock the patient out for hours.
And the severity of the regulations is obvious. In September, there were 114,000 registered patients requiring medical marijuana throughout Colorado, while currently there would only be around 784 throughout Minnesota.
This is worrisome for those hoping for a greener solution to their ailments, as the state officials don’t seem to want to offer any leniency to those suffering from severe but otherwise treatable pain. We can only wait and see whether advocates will be able to affect something regarding the strict regulations.
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