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Bringing Reality to Hope

By Becky DeKeuster

Our guest blogger this week is emergency-medicine specialist James Li, M.D. After nearly a quarter-century as an ER physician, Dr. Li has witnessed firsthand the devastation that opiates can cause to individuals, families, and communities. Here, he shares his perspective on medical cannabis, Maine’s opiate crisis, and the potential for therapeutic use of marijuana to “bring… reality to hope” for many who struggle with opiate addiction. -BDK

I’ve been in practice as an emergency physician for over 20 years. Like CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta (producer of the CNN special “Weed”) I had serious doubts about marijuana’s medical value since being taught that it was addictive, illegal, and used primarily as an intoxicant.

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