State’s report on medical marijuana termed ‘clinically significant and promising’

Four in 10 Minnesotans who have taken medical marijuana (cannabis) for intractable pain report that their pain has eased by 30 percent or more, according to a report released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

An even larger share (61 percent) say the use of medical marijuana has improved their lives in ways beyond reducing pain — by helping them sleep, for example, and by enabling them to cut back or eliminate their dependence on potentially addictive opioid drugs.

Those findings are based on data collected from 2,174 patients who enrolled in Minnesota’s medical cannabis program from August through December 2016 to get relief from intractable pain — defined by MDH as “pain in which the cause cannot be removed.” Until Aug. 1, 2016, patients with intractable pain did not qualify for the program.

Because of the way the data was collected — through self-evaluations

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