House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) thinks she's found the long-awaited alternative to the prescription drugs that are fuelling America's opioid epidemic. Pelosi recommended marijuana and yoga as alternatives to percocet and other opioid drugs that killed over 49,000 Americans in 2016 alone.
"Doctors say, 'Don’t tell us how many pills we can prescribe.' Well maybe we should," Pelosi said last week at a press conference. "Others say there are other ways to relieve stress and relieve pain and that you don’t need opioids in the first place. We are too reliant to transition from them. Marijuana, yoga, all kinds of other things that are homeopathic but are not addictive in this dangerous way."
Pelosi's remarks are backed by studies that suggest marijuana could not only be a safer alternative to opioid-based painkillers but also a treatment for opioid addiction.
"Cannabis can help treat pain, reducing the initial need for opioids," Sanjay Gupta noted last week in an open letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "Cannabis is also effective at easing opioid withdrawal symptoms, much like it does for cancer patients, ill from chemotherapy side effects. Finally, and perhaps most important, the compounds found in cannabis can heal the diseased addict's brain, helping them break the cycle of addiction."
Unfortunately, the advice from Gupta and Pelosi will likely fall on deaf ears at the Department of Justice because Sessions remains staunchly opposed to medical marijuana. Sessions - a longtime opponent of cannabis legalization - recently recognized that "there may well be some benefits from medical marijuana," but he still refuses to recognize it as medicine.
So the feds probably won't allow opioid addicts to use medical marijuana unless someone figures out a way to make Sessions kick his addiction to denial.
h/t Marijuana Moment