Nov. 10—Medical marijuana, used to treat everything from chronic pain to Parkinson's Disease to PTSD, is still not covered by medical insurance, a cost some say is prohibitively expensive to those who rely on the drug.
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"The FDA plays an important role in supporting scientific research on various drugs to assess their medical efficacy, the appropriate dosage, determine the best route of administration, and test for possible drug interactions," MAHP said in a statement. "Because medical marijuana is not yet FDA approved,
Several patients who rely on medical marijuana for chronic conditions testified Tuesday, arguing that the cost can prevent them from this essential treatment.
Jennifer Van, 42, suffers from several chronic conditions including ulcerative colitis, anxiety, PTSD and endometriosis, and also survived cancer. She said she takes at least 15 medications per day, including two opiates and three controlled substances.
"I could replace at least eight of my medications for medical cannabis and get rid of them completely if I could afford it, or if my health insurance covered it. However, I cannot," she said. "They will pay for high-dose opiates or controlled substances, but they will not pay for the medical cannabis."
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