Ohio must consider medicinal pot for opiate dependence


In this archive photo of July 12, 2018, newly-transplanted cannabis seedlings grow in soil-free potted media at the Sira Naturals Medical Marijuana Growing Plant in Milford, Mass. A Connecticut health worker told a potential employer that she has legally taken medical marijuana to deal with the effects of a car accident. But when a drug test came back positive, the job offer was rescinded. In the latest of a series of clashes between federal and state laws, a federal judge ruled in August that the nursing home violated an antidiscrimination provision in Connecticut's medical marijuana law. (AP Photo / Steven Senne, Archive)

A professor of medicine and family doctor in Ohio says he is collecting data and research on the treatment of opioid addiction with cannabis.

Dr. F. Stuart Leeds said he plans to provide the information to the Ohio Medical Board, as it accepts petitions by the end of the year, seeking to add new qualifying conditions for the medical use of marijuana. The board will consider adding conditions next year, after consulting experts.

Leeds says the research is limited but he thinks the medical community should not ignore the potential value of marijuana in a state where thousands of people die from opioid overdose every year.

Other medical experts are not so sure. The director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction says there is no medical evidence to support the treatment of opiate use with marijuana.


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