State medical marijuana guidelines expand to cover opioid conditions

July 13, 2018 06:13 AM

New York State's medical marijuana program expanded Friday. 

The state health department unveiled new regulations that allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to treat pain.

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Doctors can also prescribe pot for people with severe nausea or PTSD.

It's all part of the states effort to combat the ongoing opioid epidemic, but doctors against the move say there are other options.

"If the choice is between opioids or marijuana, for everybody that walks in the door, I guess I'd rather have the marijuana," said Dr. Norm Wetterau, an addiction specialist. "But I don't think that's the choice. I think there's ibuprofen, there is heat, there is cold. In Europe. they don't give everybody opioids."

The health department is asking for people's opinion about the regulations before the rules become permanent.


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