NASHVILLE, Tenn. —
As the fight for medical marijuana wins a huge battle at the Tennessee state capitol on Tuesday, supporters say cannabis oil could be an effective way to treat pain and prevent opioid addiction.
The Medical Cannabis Only Act went before the Criminal Justice Committee again Wednesday, passing in it’s new form. The legislation will allow access to cannabidiol oil for Tennesseans with certain medical conditions. However, the bill was amended to focus on decriminalization instead of access.
Some in the addiction community say this is more than just a fight for medical marijuana. It’s a victory in the fight against opioid additional as well.
Back in 1994, a doctor prescribed Greg Stone opioids to treat the excruciating pain after he broke his back.
“I didn’t want to hurt,” Stone said. “I didn’t have time for something to take time to get into my system to kill the pain. I needed the pain to stop now.”
Stone said that was the start of a long struggle with addiction. Cannabis oil was not an option back then.
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