Cannabis Dependence (9%) is Less Than Opioid Dependence (26%) - and Much Less Than Legal Drugs Tobacco (32%), and Alcohol (15%).

Medical cannabis has the potential to ease North Carolina's Opioid Crisis. 

Please send the following email to NC Senate Health Committee Chairs Senators Burgin, Krawiec and Perry. 

Senator Jim Burgin: [email protected] 

Senator Joyce Krawiec: [email protected]

Senator Jim Perry: [email protected]

Dear Senator [NAME],


Thank you for giving thoughtful consideration to the legalization of medical cannabis.  

I request that the Senate Health Committee considers the positive role that medical cannabis can function in opioid reduction and add that medical condition to S 711.  As you know, opioid addiction is a serious problem.  A typical month in North Carolina: 1,348 opioid/pain pill overdoses and 0 cannabis overdoses. Please add opioid reduction therapy to the eligible medical conditions.

Addiction rates: Cannabis (9%) is less addictive than opioids (26%, and much less than legal drugs tobacco (32%), and alcohol (15%).

Opioid Side-effects: Liver damage, kidney damage, brain damage, acute pancreatitis, seizures, respiratory depression, hormonal imbalance-induced hypogonadism, osteoporosis (leading to bone fractures), tight chest and irregular breathing, vomiting,sweating, headache, hallucinations, apnea, slowed heart rate, shallow breathing, low blood pressure, respiratory arrest,drowsiness, constipation, itching, nausea, dry mouth, urinary retention, euphoria, dysphoria, coughing, anaphylaxis, respiratory distress at birth, and death. Intravenous use of heroin can cause a person to contract a bloodborne disease, HIV, hepatitis, develop bacterial or fungal venous infections, develop abscesses, be poisoned due to chemical contaminants, and suffer from decreased kidney function.. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), “Acute overdose of oxymorphone, like other pure opioid agonists, can produce severe respiratory depression, somnolence progressing to stupor or coma, skeletal muscle flaccidity, cold and clammy skin, constricted pupils, and reduction in blood pressure and heart rate. circulatory collapse, cardiac arrest.

Cannabis Side-effects:  Long-term periodontal disease, temporary cough, psychomotor function changes, and euphoria.

Cannabis Legalized States Verify Opioid Reduction: States with legal cannabis have lower opioid overdose rates than states with cannabis prohibition. “Examination of the association between medical cannabis laws and opioid analgesic overdose mortality in each year after implementation of the law showed that such laws were associated with a lower rate of overdose mortality that generally strengthened over time.”




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