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Colorado bill would allow doctors to recommend medical marijuana instead of prescription painkillers

Colorado bill would allow doctors to recommend medical marijuana instead of prescription painkillers

Anusha Roy | May 17, 2019

Gov. Jared Polis (D-Colorado) is reviewing a Senate bill focused on fighting the opioid epidemic that would allow doctors to recommend medical marijuana in many of the same situations where they could prescribe opioids.

Sponsors of Senate Bill 19-013 said this option could help doctors avoid prescribing addictive painkillers for things like chronic pain, but members of the medical community are worried there’s not enough research about the effects of cannabis and that the bill’s language is too broad.

Colorado bill would allow doctors to recommend medical marijuana instead of prescription painkillers






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