Medical cannabis and alcohol use in legal states:

Alcohol is a) strongly addicting to up to 10% of users, b) is responsible for tens of thousands of early medical deaths annually and c) many thousands of traffic fatalities, d) is strongly implicated in domestic violence scenarios and other negative social effects – and e) is very legal in every state in the land.

Medical cannabis can a) be weakly addicting (particularly in comparison to intense physical alcohol and opioid dependencies) – and in a smaller portion of medical users, b) is responsible for zero direct medical deaths (annually or ever), c) has NOT been shown to be a material factor in increasing traffic deaths (despite unscientific manipulation of statistics which we’ve repeatedly debunked with a hard look at the evidence), d) is not strongly implicated in domestic violence, yet e) medicinal cannabis remains illegal in 21 states – including our own.

What’s wrong with this picture? We feel most of you know.

But wait, there’s more…!

“Research shows that legal medical cannabis has led many people to reduce their use of opioids and other prescribed medications, and also that the number of prescriptions being written for opioids, anti-depressants, sleeping pills, and some other medications appears to have declined in states with medical marijuana laws.

So what about the impact on the most widely used drug of all: alcohol? After all, alcohol is a social drug yet it’s also true that some people do use it to relieve anxiety, particularly social anxiety; to get to sleep; and to relieve pain.

Also, some people use alcohol in combination with drugs they’ve been prescribed, in spite of blackbox warnings of severe, potentially fatal consequences. Sadly, as a result, alcohol-in-combination has been a major contributor to our current epidemic of overdose deaths.

People have long speculated about the impact on alcohol consumption of adult social use marijuana legalization. Yet, what about the impact of legal medical cannabis on alcohol?

Researchers have been taking a look at retail sales data to find out:

Sales impact was long-term, with reductions in alcohol consumption observed up to two years after the passage of the laws. The findings boost scientific evidence that legal access reduces drinking.

Alcohol purchases decreased by 15 percent in states with medical marijuana laws, results showed. This was true even when correcting for demographic and economic factors known to influence alcohol consumption, such as sex, age, unemployment rate and median household income.

The study authors also looked at counties along state borders and found those with legal access to marijuana had 20 percent lower alcohol sales than those across the border in states without medical marijuana laws.”

Seriously, Utah, what’s not to really, really like about these results….??

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