Newly elected Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced this week that she will direct health officials in her administration to make those with opioid dependence eligible for cannabis access. The directive represents a departure from the position of former Republican Gov. Susanna Martinez, who vetoed legislation to expand medical marijuana access to those with opioid-related dependency.
Several other states, including Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania now permit physicians to recommend cannabis therapy to patients who would otherwise be prescribed opioids or who are struggling with opioid dependence.
Studies have shown that cannabis use is associated with greater retention rates in patients seeking treatment for opioid dependence and that, in some cases, it reduces opioid-related cravings.