ALBUQUERQUE, NM — New Mexico state officials have approved new expanded regulations to permit medical cannabis access to patients with dependence to opioids and other controlled substances.
State regulators had twice before advanced a similar measure, only to have it rejected by the administration of former Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.
Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham backed the expanded policy change, stating, “Now New Mexicans experiencing opioid dependence will have another option for support.”
New Mexicans struggling with addiction deserve our help, which is why I directed the @NMDOH to add opioid use disorder as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis use. Now New Mexicans experiencing opioid dependence will have another option for support. https://t.co/Len5wqUIdj
— Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (@GovMLG) March 30, 2019
Studies have reported that cannabinoids may reduce opioid-related cravings and relapse in patients with opioid use dependency.
For more information, visit the NORML fact-sheet, “Relationship Between Marijuana and Opioids.”