Could Legalized Marijuana Be The Gateway Out of the Opioid Crisis?

October 19, 2017
Updated 5mo ago
A new study finds that legalized marijuana is causing a reduction in opioid-related deaths in Colorado. The American Journal of Public Health revealed a correlation between the state's legalization of recreational cannabis, and a 6% decrease in fatal overdoses. Cannabis Culture's Jodie Emery joins us to discuss the report. She says the number could be even higher once medical marijuana is taken into account. We discuss how the study's findings could influence federal cannabis policy moving forward. Emery also breaks down Senator Cory Booker's remarks about the War on Drugs being a "cancer" to the United States. Given his potential presidential ambitions, the rhetoric could have even stronger reverberations throughout the political community. Plus, Northern Michigan University is introducing a marijuana studies program. Jodie dives deep on what the new slate of courses entails. Stoners need not apply as the program is focused on the science and cultivation of cannabis.