MDH to Host Meeting Regarding Intractable Pain

Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger is holding a meeting on Nov. 10 to gather public comment about recommendations from the Advisory Panel on Intractable Pain. The meeting will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Wentworth Library in West St. Paul.The panel has been considering whether Minnesota should add intractable pain as a qualifying condition for the state’s medical cannabis program. The panel is expected to submit its recommendations to the commissioner during the first week of November, at which time MDH will publish the recommendations on its website at Medical Cannabis.The Nov. 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. Those interested in attending and offering comment should visit the MDH Medical Cannabis website to learn details about the meeting and to view the recommendations when available.Event: Intractable Pain Recommendations MeetingLocation: Wentworth Library, 199 Wentworth Avenue East, West St. Paul, MN, 55118Time: Nov. 10, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.Background:  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 panel also had the University of Minnesota conduct a review of the medical literature and evidence related to using cannabis for treating chronic pain.  In addition to the panel, the MDH Office of Medical Cannabis has been providing opportunities for comment online and at community meetings across the state and has received more than 400 comments.