There have been many new studies that have been closing out those against the legalization of cannabis. As these discoveries are published, the federal government comes off as more ridiculous than ever with their claims of marijuana as highly dangerous. The only issue seems to be that most of these findings are not seen by the media, therefore, unknown to most people. Here are three new marijuana studies that have proved to be beneficial for the marijuana reform movement.

Most people believe that those who smoke weed are going to be both unhealthy and unsuccessful. According to researchers from the Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Rutgers University, this is wrong. They have been studying whether or not those who smoked weed differed in various sectors of their life (social, socioeconomic, etc.). Those who did smoke between the ages of 15 and 26 were compared with those who did not. As a result, those who did smoke and those who did not were “not at a heightened risk for maladjustment in adulthood.”

Secondly, according to studies published during the summer by the National Bureau of Economic Research, marijuana leads to lower opioid-related mortality rates. They’ve found that those who have been smoking marijuana through dispensaries do not become addicted to opioids as easily and typically do not overdose in comparison with those who do not smoke weed. Researchers from the RAND Corporation and the University of California ended up concluding that “[S]tates permitting medical marijuana dispensaries experience a relative decrease in both opioid addictions and opioid overdose deaths compared to states that do not.”

Finally, legalized marijuana does not just lead to lower usage of opiates, but also alcohol and other drugs. According to data published in Drug and Alcohol Review, “substituting cannabis for one or more of alcohol, illicit drugs or prescription drugs was reported by 87 percent of respondents with 80.3 percent reporting substitution for prescription drugs, 51.7 percent for alcohol, and 32.6 percent for illicit substances.” In the end, they finally concluded with ““The finding that cannabis was substituted for alcohol and illicit substances suggests that the medical use of cannabis may play a harm reduction role in the context of use of these substances, and could have implications for substance use treatment approaches requiring abstinence from cannabis in the process of reducing the use of other substances.”

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