Category Archives: opioid

New Jersey approves medical marijuana as treatment for opioid addiction

Prescription painkiller addicts can now seek medical cannabis as a form of treatment in New Jersey. Gov. Phil Murphy (D) on Wednesday announced that opioid addiction will be added to the list of qualifying conditions that allows residents to obtain medical marijuana, reports NJ.com. The state will also eliminate a prior authorization requirement for Medicaid […]

Illinois governor approves marijuana as an opioid alternative

(Photo via Drug Policy Alliance) Illinois lawmakers have expanded medical marijuana access to patients seeking a non-lethal alternative to prescription painkillers. The state’s Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill on Tuesday making cannabis an official replacement to opioids and easing the application process to qualify, reports the Chicago Tribune. “We’ve got to do everything we […]

DEA proposes for more marijuana, less opioids in 2019

(courtesy Green Candy Press) Two federal agencies hope to reduce the nation’s opioid epidemic with the help of legal cannabis. In a news release issued by the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration, officials are calling to quintuple the cultivation of research-grade cannabis while reducing production of the nation’s most frequently abused opioids. […]