As more studies confirm that medical marijuana can help reduce the rates of opioid abuse in the United States, many are calling on the government to make cannabis more available to help solve the crisis. And while the feds may not take any action, states are answering the call.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health approved a new change to the state's medical marijuana program that will allow people with opioid addictions to receive cannabis in order to kick it. Pennsylvania becomes only the second state, behind New Jersey, to make opioid addiction an eligible condition for medical marijuana.
The state noted that marijuana will not be the first treatment for opioid addiction. Instead, physicians will need to try other methods first before prescribing their patients with cannabis.
Several studies in recent months indicate that states with legalized medical marijuana have lower rates of opioid abuse than those that do not. And others show that opioid addicts with access to cannabis tend to either kick their addictions or, at the very least, use the harder drugs less.
Despite these many studies showing marijuana can help in the opioid crisis, the Trump administration still refuses to acknowledge that cannabis could be an alternative to prescription painkillers. Luckily there are states that prefer using rational thought in their policies.
(h/t High Times)