The Rhode Island Division of Wellness has rejected a request to add opioid dependency to the list of situations that qualify a patient for the state’s healthcare marijuana plan. In a choice released final week, Wellness Director Nicole Alexander-Scott wrote that chronic discomfort, the cause most opioids are prescribed to sufferers, is currently a qualifying situation to use healthcare marijuana.

“As a outcome,” wrote Scott in her April 22 choice, the division “does not think it is needed to add OUD [opioid use disorder] as a qualifying situation.”

The B&B Health-related Marijuana Evaluation Center requested earlier this year that the well being division add opioid addiction to the state’s list of qualifying situations to use healthcare marijuana. The center is the only facility authorized by the state of Rhode Island to situation healthcare cannabis suggestions, with places in the cities of Warwick and Pawtucket.

Not Adequate Analysis

In February, the well being division held a hearing on the request from B&B. Most of the info provided at the hearing focused on the potential of cannabis to relieve chronic discomfort. Scott wrote that a critique of the obtainable analysis “did not yield proof to help the use of healthcare marijuana as an helpful remedy for OUD, nor did it discover proof that like OUD as a qualifying situation for healthcare marijuana would save lives.”

Scott also noted that there are other medicines like methadone and buprenorphine that have currently been authorized as an helpful remedy for addiction to opioids. She added that the well being division would revisit the situation in 1 to two years “to figure out if new proof has emerged to help the use of healthcare marijuana as a remedy option” for opioid dependency.

The use of marijuana for medicinal purposes was authorized by the Rhode Island state legislature in 2007. To qualify for the plan, a patient should have 1 of many qualifying healthcare situations like cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, hepatitis C, or be getting any remedy for these situations. Individuals can also qualify for the use of medicinal cannabis if they have any “debilitating illness or healthcare condition” causing quite a few side effects such as nausea, discomfort, or muscle spasms.

Earlier this year, Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo reluctantly conceded that Rhode Island ought to join its neighboring states in the legalization, regulation, and taxation of recreational cannabis.