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by ASHLEY CULLINANE, NBC 10 NEWS RI Health dept. considering medical marijuana for opioid dependency. (MGN) PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WJAR) — The Rhode Island Department of Health has scheduled a public hearing to discuss the possibility of using medical marijuana to treat opioid dependency. In October, B & B Medical Marijuana Evaluation Center in Warwick sent a petition to the department. “It was their contention that there are people who suffer chronic pain, so if they have medical marijuana as an option, it means perhaps they wouldn’t need to be on opioids and could transition off of opioids onto medical marijuana,” DOH spokesperson Joseph Wendelken said. RI Health Department considering medical marijuana for opioid dependency

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