Legal Marijuana is Saving Lives in Colorado
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Legal Marijuana is Saving Lives in Colorado
Posted by CN Staff on October 16, 2017 at 13:31:23 PT
By Christopher Ingraham 
Source: Washington Post
Colorado -- Marijuana legalization in Colorado led to a “reversal” of opiate overdose deaths in that state, according to new research published in the American Journal of Public Health. “After Colorado’s legalization of recreational cannabis sale and use, opioid-related deaths decreased more than 6% in the following 2 years,” write authors Melvin D. Livingston, Tracey E. Barnett, Chris Delcher and Alexander C. Wagenaar.The authors stress that their results are preliminary, given that their study encompasses only two years of data after the state's first recreational marijuana shops opened in 2014.
While numerous studies have shown an association between medical marijuana legalization and opioid overdose deaths, this report is one of the first to look at the impact of recreational marijuana laws on opioid deaths.Marijuana is often highly effective at treating the same types of chronic pain that patients are often prescribed opiates for. Given the choice between marijuana and opiates, many patients appear to be opting for the former.From a public health standpoint, this is a positive development, considering that relative to opiates, marijuana carries essentially zero risk of fatal overdose.Now, the study in the American Journal of Public Health suggests that similar findings hold true for recreational marijuana legalization. The authors examined trends in monthly opiate overdose fatalities in Colorado before and after the state's recreational marijuana market opened in 2014. They attempted to isolate the effect of recreational, rather than medical, marijuana by comparing Colorado to Nevada, which allowed medical but not recreational marijuana during that period.They also attempted to correct for a change in Colorado's prescription-drug-monitoring program that happened during the study period. That change required all opioid prescribers to register with, but not necessarily use, the program in 2014.Overall, after controlling for both medical marijuana and the prescription-drug-monitoring change, the study found that after Colorado implemented its recreational marijuana law, opioid deaths fell by 6.5 percent in the following two years.The authors say policymakers will want to keep a close eye on the numbers in the coming years to see whether the trend continues. They'd also like to see whether their results are replicated in other states that recently approved recreational marijuana, such as Washington and Oregon.They note, also, that while legal marijuana may reduce opioid deaths it could also be increasing fatalities elsewhere — on Colorado's roads, for instance.Still, the study adds more evidence to the body of research suggesting that increasing marijuana availability could help reduce the toll of America's opiate epidemic, which claims tens of thousands of lives each year.Christopher Ingraham writes about politics, drug policy and all things data. He previously worked at the Brookings Institution and the Pew Research Center. Source: Washington Post (DC)Author:  Christopher IngrahamPublished: October 16, 2017Copyright: 2017 Washington Post CompanyContact: letters Website: URL: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #10 posted by Sam Adams on October 21, 2017 at 07:33:17 PT
Even Jeff Sessions is embarrassed by Dr. Scwag's harvest!
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Comment #9 posted by Garry Minor on October 20, 2017 at 07:58:07 PT:
Jeff Sessions changing his tune?
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he wants to see "more competition" among medical marijuana growers who supply the plant to researchers, in his Wednesday morning testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.Sen. Orrin Hatch, the Utah Republican, asked Sessions to "clarify" the Justice Department's position on applications from private companies and research institutions to supply researchers with medical-grade marijuana."I think it would be healthy to have some more competition in the supply but I'm sure we don't need 26 new suppliers," Sessions said.Snip Bosm 
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Comment #8 posted by The GCW on October 19, 2017 at 17:41:13 PT
Colorado, overdoses and Kentucky
It is a fact that overdoses regarding cannabis, in Colorado have never directly killed anyone and that's not exclusive to Colorado; that's an accurate statement and statistic PLANET WIDE.Kentucky? Make a list of the states that a person would consider moving to; where is Kentucky on that list?Kentucky must protect their bourbon interests.-& what happens when someone overdoses on bourbon???Booze industries are on record fighting the RE-legalization of cannabis...All that is to say if You use cannabis in Kentucky, You're likely to be persecuted for it longer than the average state.
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on October 19, 2017 at 12:18:55 PT
Once again
The prohibitionists seem to have a completely different set of "Facts" than we do.I'm very concerned about this.Citing marijuana ‘overdoses’ in Colorado, Bevin says he will never legalize pot in Kentucky
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on October 18, 2017 at 14:28:57 PT
Congratulations to the Southern Paiute People! 
I send you my blessings, as well, and hope for your great success in this great venture!‘Years in the making’: Tribal pot store near downtown to open Monday
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Comment #5 posted by Sam Adams on October 18, 2017 at 10:17:43 PT
any day now I expect Booker to be exposed in some kind of sex scandal. You think they're going to let him run? A progressive African-American? 
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Comment #4 posted by afterburner on October 18, 2017 at 09:39:40 PT
Cory Booker May Run for President in 2020
Marijuana Moment. POLITICS. Cory Booker Says War On Drugs Is A “Cancer”. Published 6 hours ago on October 17, 2017 By Tom Angell Booker seems to be as fedup with the Federal foot-dragging as I am. If the Federal government would treat the miracle plant fairly and realistically, many cancer victims could be saved. People could keep their hard-earned money, their homes, jobs and families. I cannot think of all the victims of the schedule one hoax without getting angry and sad at the waste of our freedom, invention and possibilities as a nation. Descheduling cannabis and allowing the free market and scientific research to flourish would help make America great again!
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Comment #3 posted by Sam Adams on October 18, 2017 at 07:28:19 PT
Kettle Falls 5
The federal prosecutors should be sent to jail for breaking the law. Instead they're going ahead with the case.DOJ Admits It Isn’t Legal To Keep Prosecuting Washington State Medical Marijuana Users
The so-called Kettle Falls Five were first charged in 2012.
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on October 17, 2017 at 23:20:56 PT
Pennsylvania Apartheid
I guess tearing down all the Civil War memorials didn't work!  we're still a massively racist country. Mabye we can distract people with some more of the Robert E. Lee witch hunt? Perhaps Robert E. Lee is reaching out from the grave, and forcing all these cops to harass, bully, and imprison black people? Report: Black Pennsylvanians Are 8 Times as Likely to Be Arrested for Weed Than White People
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on October 16, 2017 at 15:54:34 PT
The dishonorable A.G. has limited time to attempt His crimes against God.The longer He takes, the more positives, regarding the superplant, become known.Thus, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Nevada etc will all eventually have similar stats indicating opioid overdoses decrease when cannabis gets RE-legalized.-0-God says all the green plants are good, -on the very 1st page no less!Sessions says the opposite.
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