Chelsea Clinton, discussed of late for being besties with Trump offspring Ivanka Trump, raised a few eyebrows among cannabis activists while stumping at a campaign rally for her mom, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Specifically, the younger Clinton suggested that there is "anecdotal evidence" that cannabis used for medical purposes has interacted negatively with other drugs, resulting in patient death.
Chelsea Clinton implies here that marijuana can kill you. Uhh pic.twitter.com/cdBWGgDG5P— Lee Fang (@lhfang) September 27, 2016
Tom Angell cites Clinton's comments in more detail in a marijuana.com article about her speech.
“Anecdotally we have lots of evidence in…epilepsy but also in autism, in stimulating appetite for people who are on intensive chemotherapy regimens, for people who have non-epilepsy seizure disorders and challenges,” Chelsea Clinton said on Saturday.
“But we also have anecdotal evidence now from Colorado where some of the people who were taking marijuana for those purposes, the coroner believes, after they died, there was drug interactions with other things they were taking.”
Cue the justifiably negative Twitter response.
Anecdotal evidence, also known as the best kind.— Thee Last Melo Stan 🇵🇷👁☘ (@IRodC) September 26, 2016
what a bunch of nonsense words to maintain status quo. It's such a joke that they won't even pretend to entertain it— ～ ｄ ｒ ｕ ｇ ｓ ～ (@losdrogas) September 26, 2016
this is profoundly stupid— chris person (@Papapishu) September 27, 2016
They're justifiably negative because even a rudimentary understanding of legalization issues and the effects of cannabis would show Clinton there is more than 'anecdotal evidence' for just how effective medical marijuana can be in treating a wide array of issues. And justifiably negative because it's a well known fact that there is no such thing as a cannabis overdose. Cannabis simply isn't toxic enough to kill.
Research actually suggests that combining cannabis with opioid use can make the opioids more effective in reducing the effects of acute pain.
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