How Medical Marijuana Laws Impact America’s Opioid Epidemic

Medical marijuana is helping opioid addicts kick heroin and prescription painkiller addictions. This observation has led to an arguably sound, albeit alternative argument for cannabis legalization. To some extent, the notion of consuming legal weed over potentially fatal heroin is also a mainline narrative within the national discussion surrounding marijuana policy reform. And a growing body of statistics shows that in states with functional medical marijuana programs, the number of opioid-related deaths and overdoses is on the decline.

As a greater number of lives are destroyed or cut short by opiate addiction, it is increasingly evident the United States is failing miserably to protect its drug users from becoming victims of an often-hidden epidemic. The American opioid epidemic can be hard to grasp, but it is absolutely a crisis …

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