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Medical marijuana may soon be CO doctors’ alternative option to opioids

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Ar 190509956
Marco Verch Professional/Flickr Creative Commons

Medical marijuana may soon be CO doctors’ alternative option to opioids

Marco Verch Professional/Flickr Creative Commons

Colorado lawmakers could be a mere few steps away from taking a swing at opioids thanks to medical marijuana.

Senate Bill 13, which would allow doctors to recommend medical marijuana instead of opioid prescriptions, was passed by the Senate in February and passed its third reading in the House earlier this week, according to Westword. After the bill was initially approved by the Senate, lawmakers have been toying with its finer details; however, as legislators return home for the year at the end of the week, the bill may be seeing the governor’s desk soon.

“[The opioid epidemic] affects all ages, all income levels, all areas of the state. We were trying to give doctors an additional option,” said Representative Kim Ransom, one of the sponsors of the bill, at one of the hearings.

Now that SB 13 has passed the House, it will return to the Senate where changes would have to be approved before going before Governor Jared Polis.

Amanda Push