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Comment & Response
July 16, 2019

Cannabis as a Substitute for Opioids

Author Affiliations
  • 1AIDS Institute/Office of the Medical Director, New York State Department of Health, New York
  • 2Medical Marijuana Program, New York State Department of Health, New York
JAMA. 2019;322(3):272-273. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.6451

To the Editor In their critique of the availability of medical marijuana for patients suffering from chronic pain or struggling with opioid use disorder, Drs Humphreys and Saitz1 omitted important facts about the New York State Medical Marijuana Program, the limited availability of medication for addiction treatment (also known as medication-assisted treatment), and why clinical research on marijuana is so sparse.