While the inner workings of the federal government are struggling to unearth an effective method for controlling the nation’s opioid epidemic, Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon says it has overlooked the simplest solution – medical marijuana.
On Wednesday, Blumenauer testified before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Committee, urging his colleagues to give some serious consideration to evidence that shows how cannabis medicine may be able to help reduce the need for prescription painkillers.
“I appreciate the focus on the opioid crisis that grips every community, to some degree, and affects every state. Especially critical for our veterans, who are twice as likely to die of accidental overdose,” he said. “As we’re slowly acknowledging the depths of the opioid crisis, which is good, we seldom acknowledge one of the simplest, most effective solutions: medical marijuana, cannabis. Now available in 28 states, largely driven by the voters, not the politicians.”
Prior to his testimony, Blumenauer distributed a one-sheet entitled “Physician Guide to Cannabis-Assisted Opioid Reduction,” which outlines some of the latest data showing how cannabis can reduce opioid consumption