Board rejects marijuana as treatment for depression and insomnia

Citing a lack of scientific proof, the state’s medical board on Wednesday voted against allowing doctors to recommend marijuana to treat opioid use disorder.

Board members said they reviewed hundreds of pages of research and heard from expert witnesses, and did not find conclusive evidence that cannabis can help opioid addicts manage their cravings.

“I think we’re all desperate to find a way to resolve the opiate crisis, and we’ve had a lot of communication with folks who support (using cannabis to treat opioid addiction), and we’re sympathetic to that position,” said board member Betty Montgomery. “But this is a science-based board. And the last thing we want to do is grasp at something to solve this crisis that may exacerbate it in a way that we’re not aware of because we don’t have the science behind it.”

The board also voted against allowing doctors to recommend marijuana to treat

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