New Jersey To Allow Cannabis For Opioid Abuse Not A Moment Too Soon
This week, New Jersey became the latest state to name opioid dependence as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis use.
On Thursday, Governor Phil Murphy announced that the state’s medical marijuana program will allow all patients who suffer from opioid addiction to use medical cannabis as an adjunct to medically assisted treatment (MAT), such as a suboxone or methodone prescription.
Research over the past several years has found that states with medical marijuana programs have significantly lower rates of opioid overdose death, and that many long-term opioid patients and abusers find cannabis to be a useful, safer alternative.
“The opioid epidemic continues to devastate families and communities across our state,” commented Governor Murphy. “As we combat this crisis, it is critical that we use data-driven, evidence-based strategies to support individuals suffering from addiction and help them get on the path to recovery.”