State turns to Medical Marijuana to fight opioid overdose

New Mexico, which is in a war against the U.S. opioid and drug overdose epidemic is turning to its medical marijuana program to reduce suffering from drug use and addiction.

According to the Associated Press, New Mexico health officials on Thursday expanded the list of qualifying conditions for the state’s medical cannabis program to include opioid use disorder, joining several other states. Other qualifying conditions that were added include Alzheimer’s disease, autism spectrum disorder and three degenerative neurological disorders. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said Thursday’s decision was long overdue.