On Tuesday, Maine will be the first state to formally consider the idea, even though the federal government still classifies marijuana as an illicit drug.
More than 1.5 billion people in the world and an estimated 116 million Americans regularly suffer from chronic pain, and they're typically prescribed opiate pain relievers to manage their symptoms.
Abusing alcohol and drugs has been part of military culture historically: troops do it for fun, to ease the stresses of war or to be part of the brotherhood.
Study finds cannabis enhances the pain relief effects of certain opiates
For the second time in a year, Lawrence County Children and Youth Services has been accused in a federal lawsuit of removing a child from a mother's custody after a positive test for opiates allegedly triggered by poppy seeds.