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Connecticut to consider treating opioid abuse with marijuana

www.sfgate.comPUBLISHED: 5/4/2018

Doctors will gather in Hartford this summer to decide whether medical marijuana can be used legally as a treatment for opioid abuse and withdrawal. The decision by the state Medical Marijuana Program Board of Physicians could be influenced by two studies published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which reported that states permitting medicinal use of marijunana have seen a drop in opioid prescriptions. "Cannabinoids have been a real breakthrough for us in terms of pain management, and we have to be open-minded about how we use it," said Dr. Vincent Carlesi, a pain management specialist in Ridgefield and a member of the state board.