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Why the Addiction Recovery Community Should Accept Medical Marijuana

Why the Addiction Recovery Community Should Accept Medical Marijuana

The first time someone told me it’s possible to consume cannabis without getting high, I scoffed. I was five years sober and my friend, newly in recovery, was telling me about a “special” kind of marijuana. Apparently, she said, it offered anti-anxiety and pain relieving effects without the high of “traditional” marijuana. I didn’t pay much attention. First, I didn’t have strong feelings about marijuana one way or the other – my drug of choice was always alcohol. Second, weed with medicinal benefits and no psychoactive effect seemed like the wishful thinking of a newly sober recovering addict. I wrote it off as a pipe dream of the uncomfortably abstinent.

For anyone who has spent a significant amount of time in a 12-step meeting, any discussion of cannabis brings to mind a familiar scene: a newcomer to the group asks if they can continue to smoke pot, as long as they quit drinking (or using other drugs). The question is commonplace, the response almost Pavlovian: a good-natured chuckle, followed by a firm, unequivocal no.

Why the Addiction Recovery Community Should Accept Medical Marijuana






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