Medical Marijuana, Getting Down to the Numbers
Yesterday, The U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions spouted his typical uninformed opinion about cannabis. Session claimed marijuana is “only slightly less awful” than heroin. As an educated man, this is a bizarre statement from Sessions. While this is the prevailing cultural belief, its patently absurd. The most glaring difference being, heroin is killing thousands and cannabis kills zero. While there are those who argue that cannabis has a lethal dose, it would literally take pounds and pounds of the stuff ingested within minutes to even flirt with that outcome. It’s the ski resort in hell principal, possible, in theory but assumes many things that just don’t ever happen, not the least of which is the existence of hell.
Study after study informs us that when medicinal marijuana is available, overdose deaths decrease, substantially. This from drugabuse.com shows a consistent pattern that with the availability of medicinal marijuana the rates of opiate use fall. Fewer pills, fewer overdoses.
Getting Down to the Numbers
Researchers looked at medical marijuana laws and death certificate data in all 50 states between the years of 1999 and 2010. During that time, only 13 states had medical marijuana laws in place. Researchers quickly noticed that the rates of fatal opioid overdoses were significantly lower in states that had legalized medical marijuana. In 2010 alone, states with legalized medical marijuana saw approximately 1,700 fewer opiate-related overdose deaths.
“We found there was about a 25 percent lower rate of prescription painkiller overdose deaths on average after implementation of a medical marijuana law,” lead study author Dr. Marcus Bachhuber said.
As always, there has been no response from Sessions office in regard to the very simple question: “Does the Attorney General drink alcohol?” but it seems that while Sessions opposes the use of cannabis, he favors the use of lethal dose alcohol claiming 88k American lives annually. Of all the things wrong with Sessions statement, perhaps the most concerning was the complete lack of compassion for those who have lost their lives to addiction and the long reaching grief tentacles. High Sobriety believes cannabis can be an exit drug from opiate dependence. We are taught by numerous scholarly studies that demonstrate cannabis replacement therapy is a viable option for some people. What isn’t often considered is the relief provided to the family when a client is successful in maintaining with cannabis. While many families would prefer cessation of all drug use, knowing their loved one is safe and has a chance to build a life is a great start. Session effectively spit on the graves of the dead and in the face of the families in grief and loss. Last night twitter lit up with tweets about Sessions comments, here’s one that came to the attention of the High Sobriety team.
Sessions is no longer the Senator from Alabama, he is the AG for all Americans and that means he serves all Americans which includes millions who use cannabis without impairment, millions more who rely on the medicinal potential and the untold numbers who could get off the heroin death train with the aid of cannabis. Experience is often the best teacher. Perhaps the AG should inject heroin and smoke some cannabis and get back to use regarding his statement.
Author: Joe Schrank, Editor in Chief