Today SAM issued a statement refuting the notion that states with medical marijuana have fewer opiate deaths. We have noticed that marijuana is an adjunct to opiate dependence and abuse, not a replacement. Here is what the SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) statement said:
Top-Line Understanding (Download Full PDF Here):
A recent study found that before 2009, the existence of legally protected pot dispensaries in a state correlates with a lower number of opiate deaths in that state.
This correlation disappears after 2009. Authors interpret this as the “post-Ogden memo era” and surmise that pot dispensaries were more strictly controlled after 2009.
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