ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An advisory panel cautioned Wednesday against expanding Minnesota’s medical marijuana program to include patients suffering chronic pain starting next year.
The recommendation from the panel’s medical experts to Department of Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger is not a final say — it’s up to Ehlinger to make the decision by Jan. 1. But five of eight panel members voted against the possible expansion, arguing that there’s limited evidence of marijuana’s efficacy in treating pain and noting physicians’ reluctance to using the drug as a treatment.
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