Medical Marijuana Advocates Believe it Could Be Used to Treat Opioid Addiction

Mar 19, 2017

Jimmy Gould, who wants to establish a grow-facility in southwest Ohio, is pushing to have marijuana approved to treat opioid overdoses.
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One of the three people who plan  to build a medical marijuana campus in Southwest Ohio thinks the drug can be used to treat one of the state’s biggest problems – opioid abuse.

Jimmy Gould, an investor who also served on the task force that developed Ohio’s medical marijuana law, thinks pot can be used to relieve symptoms of withdrawal from opioid use. Under Ohio’s new law, medical marijuana isn’t approved for that purpose; Gould thinks it should be.

“What they are doing is they are introducing a drug that is a natural plant that will definitely deal with those symptoms. So one of the best things I can tell you is, assuming we are picked, we are going to go back in and ask for a condition for opiate withdrawal relief for those people who want to get off opioids.”

Gould says a research center is planned for the Wilmington campus he’s working on, to study different strains of marijuana as possible cures or treatments. Ohio leads the nation in overdose deaths from opioids.