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New Law Changes Medical Cannabis Prescribing Restrictions

On May 23, Governor Jared Polis signed into law Senate Bill 13 that allows Colorado Doctors to recommend medical marijuana to treat all conditions that previously would have used opioids as a pain reliever.  Colorado law previously allowed for the prescribing of medical marijuana for a list of qualifying medical conditions including cancer, HIV and Aids, post traumatic stress disorders and a handful of other chronic disorders.   The new law goes into effect on August 2 with hopes that it will reduce the number of opioid overdoses in Colorado.

The bill passed during the last week of the session with a bipartisan 47-16 vote in the House and a 33-2 vote in the Senate.  Opponent countered its passage with addiction concerns and the potential for psychosis episodes for its users.

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