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Many Minnesota doctors shy away from medical cannabis program

MINNEAPOLIS - With the launch of Minnesota's medical cannabis registry program on Monday, only 9 percent of doctors in the state say they plan to participate in the program.

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MINNEAPOLIS - With the launch of Minnesota’s medical cannabis registry program on Monday, only 9 percent of doctors in the state say they plan to participate in the program.

A survey this week conducted by the Minnesota Medical Association was sent to 14,000 physicians Tuesday. Of the 457 who responded, 9 percent said they plan to participate in the program, 68 percent said they do not, 17 percent haven’t decided and 7 percent said they don’t have any patients who would have a qualifying condition for the drug.

That could make things difficult for patients hoping to acquire the drug, since they can’t register for the program themselves - their doctors have to register for them.

“The medical cannabis program is unchartered territory for Minnesota physicians,” said Dr. Dave Thorson, the MMA’s president-elect. “As the state’s largest physician advocacy group, we’re doing our best to help doctors navigate the new law and all that it entails.”

He said they have held forums with doctors, hosted webinars, published a 12-page special report and created a manual to help clinics manage medical cannabis patients.

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