The Marijuana Legalization Saga Continues…

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Alaska, Oregon, & D.C. Jump On The Bandwagon…Florida Does Not

marijuana mapSo…now you can legally use marijuana recreationally in Alaska, Oregon and D.C (although it is still considered a crime to sell pot in D.C.) Those states recently joined Washington and Colorado on the legalization bandwagon.   Interestingly, in Florida, a bill that would have legalized medicalization of marijuana was not passed. Clearly, the debate about whether or not pot should be legal rages on and the results of legalization will soon be revealed.

Recent data has already shown that in states where marijuana is legal, deaths from opioid overdoses have been reduced.

Wow…Florida…It is very interesting that Florida, a state awash in opioid overdose deaths has that gall to not pass medical marijuana legalization. In 2007, Florida was identified as one of the states with the most serious proliferations of pain clinics, prescribing large quantities of painkillers with little medical justification to do so. In our program, we see many clients who tell us that they went to Florida in order to get painkillers because they are so easy to obtain there. In 2010, Florida was home to 98 out of the 100 physicians who dispensed the highest quantities of Oxycodone directly from their offices. Between 2003 – 2009, overdose deaths from opioids increased 61% in Florida. What is our Fear of Marijuana? Why are we willing to criminalize marijuana but look the other way when it comes to alcohol? Florida is the perfect example the drug policy is about moral posturing and not health.

Scott Bienenfeld, MD
Joe Schrank

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