Legalized Marijuana Could Help Curb the Opioid Epidemic, Study Finds

Reuters, re-published on NBC News:

Hospitalization rates for opioid painkiller dependence and abuse dropped on average 23 percent in states after marijuana was permitted for medicinal purposes, the analysis found. Hospitalization rates for opioid overdoses dropped 13 percent on average.

At the same time, fears that legalization of medical marijuana would lead to an uptick in cannabis-related hospitalizations proved unfounded, according to the report in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Ten years from now marijuana dispensaries will be as common as state-owned ABC stores and privately-owned liquor stores are today.

Consider the facts:

  • marijuana is no more addictive than alcohol.
  • marijuana is no more debilitating than alcohol.
  • there is no legal, moral, or logical argument against legalizing marijuana that doesn’t also apply to alcohol.
  • alcohol is legally sold in all fifty states, and in most counties there-in.

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