Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin just signed a bill into law that expands on Vermont’s currently limited medical marijuana program. Patients suffering from chronic pain, glaucoma and those in hospice care can now qualify for medical marijuana.
The main argument driving this bill (and that eventually won it) is that people suffering from chronic pain or going through hospice care in Vermont could much more easily obtain prescription painkillers than the admittedly safer and much less addictive medical cannabis.
While signing the bill, Gov. Shumlin said that opiate addiction has become a severe problem in Vermont, as well as the rest of the U.S. If less addictive medical marijuana can be used as a substitute for prescription drugs, it can increase quality of life without the threat of adding more addiction to the nation.
It’s good to see more major politicians taking a stand for medical marijuana as a better alternative to dangerous prescription painkillers; with the drug lobby being what it is, we’ll need all the support we can get to help curb opiate addiction with the safer, effective, natural remedy that is cannabis.