Study Finds Cannabis Dispensaries Reduce Opioid Deaths by 21%

In a study published this week in the journal Economic Inquiry, researchers found that the legalization of adult-use cannabis reduced opioid overdose deaths by 21%.

The study, which was carried out by economists at the University of Massachusetts and Colorado State University, found that there is a direct correlation between legal access to cannabis and and pronounced effects for prescription opioids. Not only does the new study confirm previous research done on the same topic, but also led scientists to state, “recreational marijuana access significantly decreases opioid mortality.”

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