Legislators discuss using medical marijuana in place of opioids for treatment

Legislators discuss using medical marijuana in place of opioids for treatment
(Source: KAIT)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - Legislators across the state are already looking ahead to the 2021 session, with several key items still set for debate across the state.

According to a report from NBC affiliate KARK, one of those topics up for debate will continue to involve the opioid epidemic.

One possible piece of legislation would allow patients with a medical treatment that would allow opioids for treatment to instead use medical marijuana.

Members of the Arkansas Pharmacy Association spoke out recently about using medical marijuana in place of opioids for treatment.

“It’s a little bit of a wild wild west of exactly how much, how often, which strain and does it produce good effects without having adverse effects that wipe out the positives,” John Vinson, Arkansas Pharmacists Association COO, said. “Those are things we’ll learn as these dispensaries become more and more prevalent in Arkansas.”

As required by law, at least one pharmacist will remain at the each of the state’s 32 medical marijuana dispensaries as a consultant for staff and patients.

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