New Mexico could become the first state to officially recognize cannabis as an effective alternative to opioid painkillers – if activists succeed in getting opioid use disorder (OUD) added to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana, that is.
It’s a tall order. Several states – including Nevada, Maine and even New Mexico itself earlier this year – have rejected bids to have opiate addiction accepted as a condition for cannabis use.
But advocates in New Mexico aren’t throwing in the towel, once again taking their recommendations to the New Mexico Department of Health for a meeting of the NM Dept. Medical Cannabis Advisory Board.
In New Mexico, the last bid was rejected due to what NM Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher called a lack of confidence in the safety and efficacy of “the use of cannabis for treatment of opioid dependence and its symptoms.”
Dr. Anita Briscoe, a clinical nurse, spearheaded this latest petition. This time, she came prepared with 21 pages of research supporting the benefits of cannabis in treating opioid addiction.
“I’ve seen the devastating toll opioid misuse [has] on individuals and families, and in my experience as a clinician I have witnessed the benefits of access to medical cannabis for people suffering from addiction. I want to heal my town.” [Read more at Civilized]