Summary and opinion by Quinton Waldon.
Research found in the JAMA Internal Medicines journal give new benefits that can help toward the denouement of marijuana prohibition in the U.S. The research reveals that states where medical cannabis use is no longer a criminal offense are reporting a great drop in deaths associated with pharmaceutical painkiller use. This indicates that in the legalized states people are using marijuana to relieve their pain more than the painkiller pill which has more damaging properties.
The study compared the number of pharmaceutical-related deaths in the 13 states where medical marijuana was legal prior to 2010 to states where medical marijuana is still prohibited. Turns out that the legal cannabis states have a 25 percent lower rate of opioid mortality. This means that painkiller deaths were lessened by at least 1,729 in the states where medical patients have access to the cannabis herb as a pharmaceutical alternative.
Opioid-related deaths were increasing across the board among all U.S. states during the time period studied. While the states that legalized marijuana gained the health benefit caused by the freeing of weed. Rather than taking deadly opioid drugs like Percocet or OxyContin for chronic pain, medical marijuana users can take advantage of top-shelf cannabis strains that provide better pain relief with no harmful side effects.
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Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Eugene Monroe won’t be on the next roster, and it may be for his advocacy for medical marijuana. Monroe’s January recovery from a shoulder injury inspired him to write about marijuana versus opioids, and donate $80,000 to medical marijuana researchers at both Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania. His work, he tweeted, was all for his “brothers… the players that make up the team… our future health and wellness.”
Unfortunately, his offseason, offtopic efforts failed to impress the Ravens officials. In the days leading up to his release, attitudes from the organization led Monroe to wonder if his marijuana advocacy was to blame. Interestingly, his original questions were less about the drug, and more about overall NFL healthcare.
It is arguable that reviewing old drug testing policies is going to be a big trend in U.S. companies in the nearest future. If the weed is legal, and the job can be done safely under cannabis influence, why would an employer be concerned about marijuana consumption enough to spend money on drug testing?
Current situation is creating a whole lot of consequences, like people easily cheating on drug tests by adding water to their urine, or other people making money on ‘weed detox sets’ that claim to free your system of cannabis traces in just three days. More than 93% test negative, but employers continue testing. In most cases, we just avoid working for companies that drug test employees.