Should Patients Use Marijuana Instead Of Opioids For Pain? Doctors Are Skeptical.

Tina Bernal, left, who uses cannabis to relieve chronic pain, buys a vial of marijuana at Minerva cannabis dispensary in New



Tina Bernal, left, who uses cannabis to relieve chronic pain, buys a vial of marijuana at Minerva cannabis dispensary in New Mexico. In three states, doctors can recommend medical marijuana rather than prescribing opioids.
DENVER — A car accident 17 years ago shattered Ashley Weber’s spine and left her confined to a wheelchair. After the accident, she said, she was prescribed strong opioids, developed an addiction to them and spent her days in a narcotic-induced mental fog. 

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