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However, we shouldn’t tolerate lies about cannabis and successful approaches to fairly license, tax, regulate and enforce the plant. We also shouldn’t accept Christie’s and Sessions’s failed “War on Drugs” rhetoric, which only appears to be filled with personal ideologies and void of any sound supporting data and scientific facts as a viable drug reforms for our country. We can and must do better.
The truth is, science years ago discredited the idea that cannabis is a gateway drug and scientific research increasingly shows that access to medical marijuana can help decrease rates of opioid addiction and death.
The 2015 National Bureau of Economic Research ’s analysis found states with medical cannabis laws saw as much as a 35 percent drop in substance abuse treatment admissions and a 31 percent reduction in opioid overdoses.
A report issued earlier this year by Drug and Alcohol Dependence also found that states with legalized medical cannabis programs saw an average drop in opioid use of 23 percent in states after legalizing medical cannabis.