Lawmakers in some states have and are turning to cannabis to fight opioid abuse. Studies demonstrate that states in which cannabis is legal, there is a decrease in opioid addiction. Physicians are recommending cannabis as an alternative to pain treatment and/or are recommending medical cannabis be used to taper off of opioids. Opioid addiction treatment in New Jersey: legal; Pennsylvania: legal and Illinois: under review. Not so in Maryland.
In Maryland, qualifying medical conditions include cachexia, anorexia, wasting syndrome, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures, severe or persistent muscle spasms, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain.
Illinois Senate voted 44-6 last week to allow doctors to prescribe medical cannabis as an alternative to opioids. Those addicted to opioids would also be eligible to apply for a medical card to use cannabis.
“As the first governor in the country to declare a true state of emergency in response to the opioid epidemic, I am committed to doing everything in our power to bring those responsible for this scourge to justice and prevent future victims,” stated Maryland Governor Larry Hogan in January.
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