Maine could become the first US state to approve medical marijuana as a treatment for opioid and illegal narcotic addictions such as those associated with the use of heroin.
Thirty marijuana caregivers and patients to state legislatures that marijuana eases the symptoms of opioid withdrawal and offers a healthier alternative to the prescription painkillers at a public meeting on Tuesday.
California and Massachusetts have used marijuana to ease withdrawal symptoms in patients addicted to opioids with a very good success rate. Maine would be the first US state to add opiate addiction as a qualifying condition for patients to receive medical marijuana.
Medical representatives say that there is a lack of evidence supporting claims that marijuana effectively treats addiction but marijuana activist argue there is far too much evidence that the over prescribing of opiates has triggered a health crisis that marijuana could potentially help to relieve.
Patients who have used medical marijuana to ease the effects of opiate addictions say that its use has saved their lives.