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Addiction, Medical Marijuana Report: New York To Offer Medical Marijuana As Opioid Alternative

In 2016, the opioid death rate was 15.1 per 100,000 people, which is two percent higher than the national rate. Officials hope the change will reduce the use of prescription opioids, while State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker announced that anyone with an opioid prescription would be eligible to use marijuana as an alternative medicine. Zucker told reporters: “So that means if an individual is taking prescription opioids, they could take medical marijuana as part of the program that were are pushing forward to hopefully come off prescription opioids as well.” Studies have found that medical cannabis can effectively treat chronic pain, without the dangerous side effects and addiction. The goal is to reduce the number of patients addicted to drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, and Fentanyl.

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Addiction, Medical Marijuana

Fox Business Reporter Lisa Kennedy Montgomery reports on the effectiveness of marijuana in the battle against the opioid epidemic

The chronic has reached critical mass. A new Quinnipiac poll shows the highest number of respondents ever have less and less of a problem with you getting high. Sixty-three percent polled support cannabis legalization, and 93% approve of medical marijuana with a meager 5% opposing. There’s no fuzzy math here, it’s very straight forward and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his anti-pot crusade are on the losing side of the argument.

The Senate Health Committee recently unanimously approved an anti-opioid bill that’s desperately seeking to combat the health crisis that has taken more American lives since 2000 than during World War II. There are a number of elements and amendments that mostly center on shorter term pain prescriptions, finding non habit-forming alternatives and stopping drugs at the border.

As plain as the green on your reefer, two studies show a direct correlation between marijuana and opioid use. One shows states with legal cannabis have 2.2 million fewer daily opioids prescribed and the other a 25% drop in opioid overdose deaths in places with medical pot laws.

What does Jefferson Beauregard Sessions say about that? He kind of shrugs and says he doesn’t think that will be sustained in the long run. Jeff Sessions won’t be sustained in the long run because his ass-backward anti-liberty thinking is the very thing that’s getting people killed!

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Addiction, Medical Marijuana

Watch Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s CNN Special Report “Weed 4: Pot vs. Pills” on Sunday, April 29, at 8 p.m. ET.

(CNN)Dear Honorable Jeff Sessions,

I feel obligated to share the results of my five-year-long investigation into the medical benefits of the cannabis plant. Before I started this worldwide, in-depth investigation, I was not particularly impressed by the results of medical marijuana research, but a few years later, as I started to dedicate time with patients and scientists in various countries, I came to a different conclusion.

Not only can cannabis work for a variety of conditions such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and pain, sometimes, it is the only thing that works. I changed my mind, and I am certain you can, as well. It is time for safe and regulated medical marijuana to be made available nationally. I realize this is an unconventional way to reach you, but your office declined numerous requests for an interview, and as a journalist, a doctor and a citizen, I felt it imperative to make sure you had access to our findings.

Mr. Sessions, there is an added urgency, as we are in the middle of a deadly opioid epidemic that has been described as the worst self-inflicted epidemic in the history of our country.

The drug overdose scourge claimed about 68,000 US lives in 2017, just over 45,000 of them from opioids alone. Every day, 115 Americans die from opioid overdoses. It has fueled a decline in an entire country’s life expectancy and will be remembered as a sad and tragic chapter in our collective history.
These are desperate times, and while some may consider making medical marijuana widely available to be a desperate measure, the evidence has become increasingly clear of the important role cannabis can have.

We have seen real-world clues of medical marijuana’s benefits. Researchers from the Rand Corp., supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, conducted “the most detailed examination of medical marijuana and opioid deaths to date” and found something few initially expected. The analysis showed an approximately 20% decline in opioid overdose deaths between 1999 and 2010 in states with legalized medical marijuana and functioning dispensaries.

It’s not the first time this association between medical marijuana and opioid overdose has been found. Though it is too early to draw a cause-effect relationship, these data suggest that medicinal marijuana could save up to 10,000 lives every year.

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Cannabis culture in sports has an old-school stigma. You’ll hear vague talk of scientific research here, news of a failed drug test or arrest there. But, to be blunt, real talk is hard to come by.

So here’s a reality check: Professional athletes smoke weed. Indeed, the overwhelming majority of them do, according to new player estimates. Some even smoke before games.  

“All of my best games, I was medicated,” says Matt Barnes, who won the NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors last year and spent 14 seasons in the NBA. “It wasn’t every single game but, in 15 years, it was a lot.”

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Medical Marijuana

Joe Schrank, addiction expect and founder of High Sobriety, spoke at the Pennsylvania Pain Society’s annual meeting at the Hershey Lodge Saturday.

HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) – One speaker is proposing an alternative solution to the nation’s opioid epidemic: marijuana.

Joe Schrank, addiction expect and founder of High Sobriety, spoke at the Pennsylvania Pain Society’s annual meeting at the Hershey Lodge Saturday.

He believes medical marijuana could be the answer to the country’s addiction and overdoes crisis.

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