New study links medical marijuana legislation to reduced opioid abuse
- Author: Joanne Flowers Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 8:11
Private marijuana cultivation is still prohibited in Argentina.
Hospitals in states with medical marijuana programs in place treated significantly fewer patients for opioid abuse after doctors became legally able to prescribe pot, a new study suggests.
"Medical marijuana laws may have reduced hospitalizations related to opioid pain relievers", Yuyan Shi, public health professor at the University of California and study author, told NBC News.
Legal marijuana advocates called it.
In January, a National Academies report found conclusive or substantial evidence that cannabis can effectively treat chronic pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea and spasticity. Opioid deaths contributed to the first drop in US life expectancy since 1993 and eclipsed deaths from motor vehicle accidents in 2015.
Although the Southern Province of Chubut already legalized CBD oil for epilepsy patients in September of past year, other forms of medicinal cannabis remain illegal throughout the nation. The constitutional amendment allows those with a recommendation from a physician to possess and use medical cannabis, and to purchase it from a licensed dispensary.
Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove.
"I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana - so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that's only slightly less terrible", Mr. Sessions said recently. "Could the liberalization of marijuana be part of the solution?"
Despite growing evidence to the contrary, federal law declares that cannabis has "no medical value".