Connecticut doctors deny medical marijuana in opioid addiction fight

A board of physicians in Connecticut rejected the addition of opioid addiction as a condition treatable by medical marijuana but added degenerative spine disease to the qualifying list. That makes seven total conditions that are pending review by state regulators.

If the seven are added, Connecticut will allow 29 conditions to be treated with medical marijuana. So far, the state’s patient pool has been progressing at a good clip, with more than 26,000 patients added since 2014.

But denying the addition of opioid addiction as a treatable condition is a setback to the marijuana companies in the state. Connecticut doesn’t allow medical cannabis to be recommended for chronic pain, which also is restricting the state’s MMJ businesses.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • According to the Hartford Courant, the nine-person board – it’s comprised of eight doctors along with the Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle Seagull – couldn’t differentiate the pain-relieving qualities of cannabis from its effect on withdrawal symptoms as patients try to kick their addiction to painkillers.
  • If the recommendation had gone the other way, Connecticut would have joined Pennsylvania and New Jersey in allowing cannabis to be recommended to treat opioid addiction.
  • This is a separate issue from states such as New York and Illinois, which are poised to allow medical marijuana to be recommended as a substitute for opioids that have been prescribed for pain.
4 comments on “Connecticut doctors deny medical marijuana in opioid addiction fight
  1. Clifton Middleton on

    These quacks should be educated. Go to any AA or NA meeting and find out what the real story is about the herb, it works great and thousands of addict slaves have used it to find themselves. A pox on any doctor who speaks against the healing herb.

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  2. John on

    Supposedly so smart yet so ignorant or as others are saying, GREEDY! I’m a 5 year pancreatic cancer survivor, Whipple, chemo and radiation. I also suffer chronic pain from a serious mountain biking accident, fractured 3 vertebrae and a dislocated shoulder. This is on top of another half dozens surgeries from a active lifestyle and service in the Army. I manage my pain and issues associated with cancer surgery/treatment quite well with MM.

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  3. Shane on

    I AM STARING A PERSONAL CAMPAIGN I CALL ” I AM AN #OXY_MORON An Oxy_Moron is when someone makes the decision to chase a feeling / delusional for eternity. WHEN oxyContin or Morphine is PRESCRIBED WE SHOULD ALL RECIEVE A BLACK RING OR A BETTER REPRESENTATION A BLACK DOG COLLAR TO VISUALLY REPRESENT The Life Long Agreement to live & Manuever your life around a pill. To Chase the unattainable & Slowly deteriorate the Quality Person you were Before the Ails of Opiates Rears its head & seems you to the lucky one to Constantly worry watch & guard your scripts.
    Soon Slowly & Steadily ALL of your Moral Boulders are Cast aside to make Little Exceptions & promises One can NEVER possibly keep
    All your Revered & Respected Instincts & intiuitions will be led to Ruin Corruption & Destitution.
    Well, wake up people LET SOMEONE WHO HAS HAD THE CRIPPLING EFFECTS OF ADDICTION CONTROL THIER LIFE DENY THE USE OF WEED FOR DEPENDANCY I PERSONALLY CAN VOUCH FOR THE POSITIVE EFFECTS IT HAS DESPITE HOW SICK ONE FEELS
    I am SO SICK OF THE PEOPLE NOT ILL & TOTALLY UNAWARE OF THE SITUATION & FEELINGS INVOLVED THEU EMOTIONAL & PHYSICAL PAIN, TO CHASE AN UNATTAINABLE FEELING IS WNUFF TO DRIVE ANYONE MAD.
    LETS WAKE UP & REALIZE HOW BENIGN WEED IS & THAT YOUR PREDISPOSITIONS & TALL TALES HOLD NO WEIGHT & HAVE NO BEARING IN REAL WORLD OF MEDICINAL MARIJUANA.

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