The battle of Marijuana Legalization is a never-ending battle. Over the past few years we ave seen more and more states legalize it as the scientific community continues to perform studies and tests on marijuana.
In a study done last year that was led by Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, data comparing states with Medical Marijuana and states without it prior to 1999, analyzed the use of prescription pills in the two different populations.
“States with medical cannabis laws had a 24.8 percent lower mean annual opioid overdose mortality rate compared with states without medical cannabis laws,” researchers reported.
More importantly, they found that overdose deaths from opioids decreased by an average of 20 percent one year after the law’s went into effect, 25 percent after two years and up to 33 percent by years five and six.
“The results suggest a link between medical cannabis laws and lower opioid analgesic overdose mortality,” investigators concluded.
With Cannabis growing in popularity and more and more states starting to legalize it the federal government needs to start allocating more funds toward scientific research to provide the American people with accurate information about Cannabis. Since it is still being introduced into different communities as potential solution to different conditions their is a greater need to support these claims with valid scientific research that justifies what Marijuana advocates have been saying for years.
Just like any drug it will have its side effects and issues, but when you can gain a lot from its medical benefits and it has never been directly connected to death why is it taking so long?