Written by Michael Geslani for Merry Jane
Minnesota residents with chronic pain can now purchase medical marijuana with ease now that the state has opened its doors to those with pain that is not alleviated by traditional drugs or therapies. Starting Aug. 1 those who have been ailing from intractable pain and approved by official physicians will be allowed to purchase marijuana oil, pills, vaporized liquid or oil and any other method (excluding smoking) approved by the commissioner.
The year-old medical marijuana program is one of the strictest in the country and opening the program to those with pain as an alternative to prescription medication is making a lot of Minnesota residents happy. Take 3-year-old Elisa McCann, who was born with a rare genetic condition, epidermolysis bullosa, which causes her skin to blister and tear. Her mother has been fed up with the morphine she has been given at this point and would like medical marijuana as an alternative to it.
“If you put a child on morphine when they’re 3, what are you going to do by the time they’re 6?” Gabriella McCann told the Star Tribune.
The medical marijuana program for Minnesotans has only approved 1,827 patients so far and by opening up the program state officials believe it will help bring prices down and relieve prescription opioid usage and overdoses, which killed 336 in Minnesota last year not to mention musical legend Prince earlier this year.