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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 But some experts say the commission's fixation on marijuana was bizarre and troubling, lending credence to outdated views of marijuana as a gateway drug.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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16, @12:45PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16, @12:45PM (#597655)

    ...than to have smoked THE DEVIL'S LETTUCE!

    Honestly I think Big Pharma will be OK with MJ only after they develop a prescription pain pill dervied from it that they can sell you.


  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Thursday November 16, @12:56PM (1 child)

    by takyon (881) <> on Thursday November 16, @12:56PM (#597660) Journal
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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16, @09:50PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16, @09:50PM (#597925)

      From what i can gather this is not liked. Probably the mix is important no cbd or any of the other (variable) components.

  • (Score: 2) by Immerman on Thursday November 16, @03:09PM

    by Immerman (3985) on Thursday November 16, @03:09PM (#597721)

    Nope, that would make them even more opposed to it - who needs competition from an organically grown weed?

    Case in point - how are opium poppies doing in the U.S.?