Minnesota’s medical marijuana program launched on July 1, 2015. Lawmakers only expected 5,000 participants within the first few years of the program. At last count, the state has 6,184 active participants.
The addition of intractable pain helped boost the program’s enrollment, according to Star Tribune. The majority of the state’s medical marijuana patients are intractable pain qualifying patients.
Dr. Kyle Kingsley of Minnesota Medical Solutions said, in regards to the addition of intractable pain that is has, “really changed the dynamic. It’s allowed us to repeatedly lower prices.”
In its first two years, MinnMed has reported losses totaling $4-million. It hopes that 2017 is the year that it makes a profit.
Dr. Kingsley said, “The experiment in Minnesota has worked, as far as proving that a very strict medical program is viable. I think it’s safe for us to say that now.”
PTSD will be a qualifying condition starting in August. The addition of this condition hopes to expand the program further.