Medical marijuana approved for new chronic pain condition

Medical marijuana may now be prescribed to adults with degenerative spinal disorders, the state Department of Consumer Protection said this week.

The drug was approved Thursday by the General Assembly’s regulations review committee to treat the chronic pain that accompanies spinal degeneration. Damage to the nervous system can cause the brain to send pain signals throughout the body, generating everything from a stabbing feeling to chronic prickling, tingling or burning sensations.