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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Question for MA State Rep. Brad Jones on his opposition to legal cannabis

An email sent to Rep. Brad Jones after his statements in the Boston Globe that he fears legalization will increase the opioid problem.

Do you think he will respond? Almost no chance. Willfully increasing opioids, Rep. Jones is a big part of the problem. He's responsible for the epidemic, not cannabis.

DigBoston, Press question on legalization



3/25/15
To: Bradley.Jones@mahouse.gov

Hi Rep. Jones,
Saw your quote in Globe on legalization and wanted to follow up for my next print column, deadline of Friday..

As a medical marijuana patient for daily back pain for the last 17 years from a sports injury, what do you think would have happened to me if I stayed on the prescribed opiates for pain? I threw them out for a non addictive, non toxic treatment, cannabis. Are you aware of what science is reporting? That in states with functioning medical marijuana programs? That opiate use, abuse is down 25% in those states. 

However, in the 13 states that passed laws allowing for the use of medical marijuana between 1999 and 2010, 25 percent fewer people die from opioid overdoses annually.
“The difference is quite striking,” said study co-author Colleen Barry, a health policy researcher at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. The shift showed up quite quickly and become visible the year after medical marijuana was accepted in each state, she told Newsweek.

How can you claim to worry about opiate addiction when you are shutting down the safer alternative for pain? 

Best,
Mike Cann
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