Recently, a Senator from Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, has been utilizing time and energy encouraging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to look into more uses for medical marijuana, specifically as its uses as an alternative pain killer in efforts to reduce opioid addiction in the United States.
According to the CDC, the use of opioid prescriptions have doubled between 2000 and 2014, and Massachusetts experienced the highest toll of opioid related deaths in 2014, reaching almost 1,100 succumbing to overdose-related deaths, according to state records.
Warren’s encouragement does seem promising, but it is not without its obstacles. First and foremost being that medical marijuana is still illegal under federal law, making it impossible for the CDC to be able to prescribe to pharmacies, and making it difficult to conduct official studies on its effects.
Medical marijuana is now legal in 23 states, including Massachusetts, who’s doctors have already started prescribing medical marijuana as an opioid alternative with promising results.
Find the original article here, at the Guardian, written by Amanda Holpuch
I think this is a good step towards the future of medical marijuana use. The uses of it aren’t limitless, but we will only find more uses as time progresses, and it has already proven to be useful in many cases. What is your guys’ opinion on the medical side of the marijuana debate? Share your thoughts in the comments!