Action Alert: Inform Your Legislators Cannabis Shown to Reduce Opioid and Cocaine Use and Opioid-Related Deaths

Nurses and healthcare providers - Please email Janis Ramquist NC NORML Government Affairs Consultant to help reach healthcare legislators to support medical cannabis. Other legislators will be looking to them for their opinions.

Reminder: February is “Zoom Cannabis lobbying month”. Please consider contacting your legislators.

Also, please copy and paste the following email and send it to all the legislators in your county. 

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Dear Senator or Representative (Insert Name):

The opioid crisis and other drug use is affected by cannabis but not in the way some might suspect. States that have legalized cannabis - for either medical or adult use - experience reductions of cocaine and opioid use as well as declines in opioid related deaths. Several studies have provided solid evidence of this:

A 2014 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine study found that not only were opioid overdose mortality rates ~25% lower in states that had legalized medical cannabis but rates continue to decline over time with legalization. SOURCE: Medical cannabis laws and opioid analgesic overdose mortality in the United States, 1999-2010

IMPACT ON NC: The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reported that in 2018, NC had a total of 1,783 opioid fatalities. If we had legalized cannabis we might have had a 25% reduction in that number which would mean 445 lives saved in that year alone. SOURCE: National Institute on Drug Abuse - NC 2018 Opioid Related Deaths

A 2017 American Journal of Public Health study found that recreational cannabis legalization was associated with a reduction in the number of deaths from opioids, reversing what had been an upward trend in deaths, in Colorado. SOURCE: Recreational Cannabis Legalization and Opioid-Related Deaths in Colorado, 2000–2015 

JAMA Internal Medicine published a 2018 review of opioid prescribing rates. The study found that states which had implemented medical marijuana laws saw a 5.88% lower rate of opioid prescriptions. States that allow for recreational use of marijuana had even lower rate (as much as 6.38%) of opioid prescriptions. SOURCE: Association of Medical and Adult-Use Marijuana Laws With Opioid Prescribing for Medicaid Enrollees

Rand Corporation found in states that legalized marijuana (2006 to 2010), the amount of cocaine consumed decreased by approximately 50% while an estimated amount of marijuana consumption increased more than 30%. These figures are consistent with supply-side indicators, such as seizures and production estimates. SOURCE: Cocaine's Fall and Marijuana's Rise: Questions and Insights Based on New Estimates of Consumption and Expenditures in US Drug Markets

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