By David Jenison
Cannabis Connection: A Primer for Jeff Sessions on Marijuana and Opioids
“I see a line in the Washington Post today that I remember from the ‘80s: ‘Marijuana is a cure for opiate abuse,’” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently. ”’Give me a break. This is the kind of argument that’s been made out there to just … [it’s] almost a desperate attempt to defend the harmlessness of marijuana or even its benefits. I doubt that’s true.’”
This is yet another example of why cannabis regulation should be taken out of the hands of law enforcement and put exclusively under the purview of medical professionals. Even the most cursory examination of the evidence suggests that cannabis can likely play a role in pain management and opioid addiction recovery. The same law enforcement agencies that claim cannabis has absolutely no medical value (they really say that) also severely restricts research into its medical benefits since they claim they already know it has none (and they really say that), but consider what evidence researchers have compiled already.
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