Legal News

Legal Marijuana Could Fix Opioid Problem, Studies Show
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)


Summary: New studies show that legalized medicinal marijuana can curb America’s opioid addiction. 

Marijuana has long been rumored to be a possible solution to helping Americans struggling with opioid addiction, but now two studies have come along that validate that claim, according to CNN.


The studies were published on Monday, and their findings show that using medical marijuana may help curb the opioid problem in the United States.

“The studies, published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, compared opioid prescription patterns in states that have enacted medical cannabis laws with those that have not. One of the studies looked at opioid prescriptions covered by Medicare Part D between 2010 and 2015, while the other looked at opioid prescriptions covered by Medicaid between 2011 and 2016,” CNN stated.

The researchers of the studies saw that states that allowed legalized medical marijuana had fewer daily doses of opioids prescribed.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!

David Bradford, a professor at the University of Georgia who led the study, told CNN that it “adds one more brick in the wall in the argument that cannabis clearly has medical applications.”

Bradford’s research focused on Medicare, particularly the program Part D, which is an optional prescription drug benefit plan. Medicare Part D has over 42 million Americans enrolled over the age of 65.

Fighting America’s opioid addiction is one of the Trump administration’s main platforms. According to CNN, the US is experiencing one of the worst opioid epidemics in history. Since the year 2000, there have been over 500,000 opioid-related deaths, and today, more than 90 Americans die a day from an opioid-related overdose.

“We have had overuse of certain prescription opioids over the years, and it’s certainly contributed to the opioid crisis that we’re feeling,” Dr. Kevin Hill, an addiction psychiatrist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, told CNN. “I don’t think that’s the only reason, but certainly, it was too easy at many points to get prescriptions for opioids.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that opioid overdoses now usurp shooting deaths and car accidents as the most common cause of accidental death in this country.

Hill said that marijuana and opioids use the same pathways, which would explain how legalized marijuana would provide a similar fix to that given by opioids. However, unlike opioids, marijuana is less addictive and there have been no marijuana overdose deaths reported in the US.

“All drugs of abuse operate using some shared pathways. For example, cannabinoid receptors and opioid receptors coincidentally happen to be located very close by in many places in the brain,” Hill said. “So it stands to reason that a medication that affects one system might affect the other.”

What do you think of the two new studies’ findings? Let us know in the comments below.



Staff Attorney - Housing Stability Project


Position Title: Staff Attorney (Full-time) - Home Office Location: Ybor City Position Summary: ...

Apply now

Corporate Paralegal


Balfour & Co. Corporate Paralegal Location: Aventura, Florida   Position Summa...

Apply now

Litigation Attorney


65+ year old downtown Newark (Military Park/Prudential Headquarters section) law firm seeks a litiga...

Apply now

eDiscovery Project Manager


Bowditch is seeking an eDiscovery project manager to join its Information Services team.  The e...

Apply now




Search Now

Electrical Engineering Associate Attorney


Austin office of our client seeks an electrical engineering associate attorney with 2+ years of inte...

Apply Now

Entry to Mid-level Corporate Associate Attorney


Atlanta office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks an entry to mid-level corporate as...

Apply Now

Personal Injury Attorney


Phoenix office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks a personal injury attorney with 5 ...

Apply Now


To Top