Why the Addiction Recovery Community Should Accept Medical Marijuana


There’s still a long way to go for medical marijuana acceptance in the recovery community. Illustration by Ryan Casey
“A recovery support group should never give medical advice – but in any group, attitudes about these subjects will bleed into the general consciousness. These attitudes are shaped by our existing knowledge, and misinformation serves no one.
Perhaps it’s just hard for people in my tribe – people who love substances too much – to imagine that marijuana use isn’t necessarily about getting high. But the data is mounting and the recovery community has to get on board. Otherwise, we’re telling recovering addicts with pain or anxiety that they have two options: take highly addictive, often dangerous drugs or nothing at all. And that is an inaccurate and dangerous ultimatum.”
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