Health risks and benefits to medicinal cannabis

Matlin Smith, Las Cruces Sun-News

He got a severe knee injury in 2000. Soon after, there were three knee surgeries and many doses of high-strength pain medication. This Las Cruces man, a former school teacher for 15 years who asked to remain anonymous, needed a better way to manage his pain that didn't rely on strong opiate painkillers, he said. So he became one of the first registered users of medical marijuana in New Mexico through the state Department of Health's New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program.