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Pot For Pain? More Patients Are Saying Yes

Pot For Pain? More Patients Are Saying Yes

Paul Armentano
Deputy Director, NORML

Are patients in medical cannabis states substituting pot for potentially lethal painkillers? It appears that way.

According to data published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine, the enactment of statewide medicinal marijuana laws is associated with significantly lower state-level opioid overdose mortality rates. Investigators conducted a time-series analysis of medical cannabis laws and state-level death certificate data in the United States from 1999 to 2010 – a period during which 13 states instituted laws allowing for cannabis therapy.

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