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State Considering Opioid Withdrawal as a Condition for Medical Marijuana

As more research is conducted and we discover new uses for medical marijuana, states are constantly amending their laws to allow new conditions to be covered. But the state of Connecticut is looking at a new condition that people have been talking about for a long time: opioids.

The state of Connecticut is currently looking to add new conditions and diseases that can be covered by their medical marijuana program. One of the conditions that is being considered is opioid withdrawal. While it's currently unclear how the state would determine whether someone is going through withdrawals and allow them in the program, it's definitely a huge step.

Studies have shown that states with legalized marijuana have lower rates of opioid abuse. Perhaps straight up covering opioid disorders in state marijuana programs would further decrease those rates.

Connecticut already has 22 conditions that it covers in its medical marijuana program. There are around 24,000 residents enrolled in the state program. 

The state is considering a few other conditions to be covered in the program as well, most of them related to either chronic pain or poor eyesight, both conditions that studies show medical marijuana can help improve.

(h/t Hartford Courant)

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