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Md. lawmakers vote on whether to treat heroin addiction with pot

March 31st, 2017 by WCBC Radio

As members of Maryland’s General Assembly consider a variety of measures aimed at addressing the state’s deadly heroin epidemic, the House of Delegates was expected to vote Friday on a bill that includes an unconventional approach. The measure would allow addicts to have access to medical marijuana to help cope with detoxing symptoms and possibly kick their addiction. It would alter the list of ailments that doctors use when considering whether a patient should receive medical pot by adding “opioid use disorder” as one of the accepted conditions. The proposal was added as an amendment earlier this month after a committee hearing on a broader bill that is aimed at making changes to the state’s medical cannabis program.

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