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WIRE: New Colorado law allows physicians to recommend cannabis instead of opioids

Denver, CO — Democratic Gov. Jared Polis has signed legislation into law expanding the pool of patients eligible to receive medical cannabis recommendations.

Senate Bill 13 permits physicians for the first time to recommend cannabis therapy for any condition for which he/she “could prescribe an opioid.” The new law takes effect August 2, 2019.

Clinical trials have established cannabis to be efficacious in the treatment of chronic pain, particularly neuropathy. In jurisdictions where cannabis is legally accessible, patients frequently acknowledge reducing their use of conventional medications, specifically opioids and benzodiazepines, after initiating cannabis therapy.

For more information, contact Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator, at (202) 483-5500.

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