Pennsylvania First State to OK Medical Marijuana for Opioid-Use Disorder Patients

Pennsylvania First State to OK Medical Marijuana for Opioid-Use Disorder Patients

Medical marijuana won't be considered "the first and only option for people in recovery."

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May 16, 2018
PhillyVoice.com
Medical State by State: Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Health approved temporary changes to the Commonwealth’s medical marijuana program on Monday that will add addiction to the list of qualifying conditions.

This new measure would allow people in recovery to apply for the program, which allows marijuana use for a treatment of a serious medical condition, as defined by the state's Medical Marijuana Law.

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said this form of treatment won’t be the first and only option for people in recovery, but it could be an option for some.

“It’s important to note that medical marijuana is not a substitute for proven treatments for opioid use disorder,” Levine said. “In Pennsylvania, medical marijuana will be available to patients if all other treatment fails, or if a physician recommends that it be used in conjunction with traditional therapies.”

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