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posted by mrpg on Thursday November 16, @06:00AM   Printer-friendly
from the cui-bono dept.

Opioid commission's anti-marijuana argument stirs anger

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, head of the presidential commission on opioids, warned of the dangers of marijuana in a letter to President Donald Trump earlier this month about the panel's findings, saying the current push for marijuana legalization could further fuel the opioid epidemic.

"There is a lack of sophisticated outcome data on dose, potency, and abuse potential for marijuana. This mirrors the lack of data in the 1990s and early 2000s when opioid prescribing multiplied across health care settings and led to the current epidemic of abuse, misuse and addiction," Christie wrote in the letter, which was released with the commission's final report.

"The Commission urges that the same mistake is not made with the uninformed rush to put another drug legally on the market in the midst of an overdose epidemic."

[...] But some experts say the commission's fixation on marijuana was bizarre and troubling, lending credence to outdated views of marijuana as a gateway drug. And these experts want to nip such thinking in the bud.

They emphasized that they support efforts to curb the nation's opioid epidemic, but not the demonization of marijuana in the process.

"I was surprised to see negative language about marijuana in the opioid report," said Dr. Chinazo Cunningham, a professor of medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "Research that examines pain and marijuana shows that marijuana use significantly reduces pain. In addition, the majority of studies examining marijuana and opioids show that marijuana use is associated with less opioid use and less opioid-related deaths."

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  • (Score: 4, Funny) by VanessaE on Thursday November 16, @06:58AM (3 children)

    by VanessaE (3396) <> on Thursday November 16, @06:58AM (#597606) Homepage

    And these experts want to nip such thinking in the bud

    Well, they've certainly got the right idea. Maybe they ought to argue for anti-cannabis folks to take a nip of some bud while they're at it.

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by takyon on Thursday November 16, @01:11PM (2 children)

    by takyon (881) <> on Thursday November 16, @01:11PM (#597666) Journal

    Can't be done. Fatso would be compelled to immediately try heroin and PCP [] after taking the first puff, and Jeff might have to kill his dealer [].

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    • (Score: 2) by VanessaE on Thursday November 16, @03:59PM (1 child)

      by VanessaE (3396) <> on Thursday November 16, @03:59PM (#597739) Homepage

      Jeez, I was going for funny here. Tough audience. :-P

      • (Score: 5, Funny) by LoRdTAW on Thursday November 16, @04:23PM

        by LoRdTAW (3755) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 16, @04:23PM (#597751) Journal

        Funny? You think getting Chris Christie high is a fucking joke? There arent enough buffets in Trenton to keep him from turning on people.