In states where medical marijuana is legal, pharmaceutical painkiller deaths have dropped by as much as 25%. Prescription drug deaths have been a major problem in the U.S. and now with a suitable safe replacement for treating pain they are slowly declining.
The difference is noticeable. Since 1991, the amount of deaths due to pharmaceutical opioids has approximately tripled. However, in the 13 states that legalized medical marijuana 25% fewer people die from opioid overdoses annually. In the August issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, the “researchers hypothesize that in states where medical marijuana can be prescribed, patients may use pot to treat pain, either instead of prescription opiates, or to supplement them—and may thus require a lower dosage that is less likely to lead to a fatal problem.”
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In states where edibles are available for the public to consume in terms of either legal recreational or medicinal marijuana, a labeling issue has been causing some headaches. Many edibles do not have accurate information listed on the label in terms of THC content. Edible companies have stated they have concerns because when they send the products off to be tested, often varying results are obtained by different labs doing the testing. Because of this, a new testing method has been developed.
Commonly edibles have been tested with high performance liquid chromatography, but the machines that do this test were not developed with edible marijuana products in mind as the input. A special process has been developed where edibles are ground up with dry ice or liquid Nitrogen, then diatomaceous earth is added. Using flash chromatography then allows certain products to be pulled out. After that, the high performance liquid chromatography can then be used to derive accurate results.
A Lack of Weed - the Solution Is: Legalize It! In the 80’s it was “Just Say No”, the campaign created in tandem with the War on Drugs. Since then, evidence has shown that the War has been an abject failure, and in fact may have been directly responsible for the rise in the Mexican drug cartels. Luckily there seems to be a new solution: Legal marijuana.
According to 2015 data released by the US Border Patrol, the marijuana confiscations has dropped to the lowest point in a decade, as reported by the Washington Post. Due to California, Colorado, and Washington having legal means of cultivating and distributing the plant, prices have fallen for Mexican growers.