Minnesota Medical Cannabis Businesses to Get Boost From Pain

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Minnesota medical marijuana dispensaries can now serve patients with intractable pain, a change that could provide a significant boost for the two state-licensed MMJ producers.

According to an analysis by Marijuana Business Daily, pain accounts for over 64% of patients in eight combined MMJ states, including Minnesota.

The Associated Press reported that almost 500 intractable pain patients registered for the state’s MMJ program in July, which is more than five times the number that had signed up before the first dispensary opened last summer.

“This really is the shot in the arm that the program needs,” Kyle Kingsley, CEO of MMJ producer Minnesota Medical Solutions, told the AP.

Kingsley said he expected up to 40 new patients on Monday, the first day paint patients were allowed to begin purchasing MMJ.

The program expansion came as a welcome addition last December when the state added intractable pain to the list of qualifying conditions for patients, given that just 65 had registered prior to the opening of dispensaries. Moreover, patients didn’t seem as interested in the industry.