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Trump’s Commission Denies Evidence That Cannabis Can Mitigate Opioid Abuse

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director November 1, 2017

    GovChristieDespite the growing body of scientific evidence showing that cannabis access is associated with reductions in opioid use and mortality, the Chairman of the White House’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis today called upon the President to reject any efforts to acknowledge marijuana’s promising role in mitigating opioid abuse and dependency.

    In a letter sent today to President Donald Trump by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Chairman of the Committee, he writes:

    “The Commission acknowledges that there is an active movement to promote the use of
    marijuana as an alternative medication for chronic pain and as a treatment for opioid addiction. … There is a lack of sophisticated outcome data on dose, potency, and abuse potential for marijuana. This mirrors the lack of data in the 1990’s and early 2000’s when opioid prescribing multiplied across health care settings and led to the current
    epidemic of abuse, misuse and addiction. The Commission urges that the same mistake is not made with the uninformed rush to put another drug legally on the market in the midst of an overdose epidemic.”

    President Trump established the Commission in May via an executive order. Members of the Commission issued their policy recommendations today.

    In recent months, dozens of peer-reviewed studies have concluded that legal cannabis access is associated with reduced rates of opioid use, spending, abuse, hospitalization, and mortality. Summaries and links to these studies are available here.

    Despite over 10,000 advocates communicating this information to the Commission, members of the committee have chosen to disregard it. Moreover, Gov. Christie opines in today’s letter that cannabis exposure increases the likelihood that one will become opioid dependent — an allegation that was recently rejected by the National Academy of Sciences, which, in a January 2017 review of some 10,000 peer-reviewed studies, failed to identify even one “good or fair-quality systematic review that reported on the association between cannabis use and the initiation of use of opioids.”

    NORML thanks the thousands of you who took the time to try to inform and educate this Commission and regrets that its members continue to place political ideology above the health and safety of American lives.

    69 Responses to “Trump’s Commission Denies Evidence That Cannabis Can Mitigate Opioid Abuse”

    1. Julian says:

      Reading up on the Kadonsky case… (A man who is currently incarcerated for nonviolent possession who is fighting for our freedom);

      http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/attorneys/assets/opinions/appellate/published/a3324-14.pdf

      And I had to share Lee’s strange explanation for refusing to deschedule marijuana;

      “The Department of Health noted that marijuana is not approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration, and cannot be prescribed by physicians or dispensed by pharmacists. The Department explained that changing the classification of marijuana from a Schedule I substance in New Jersey would require a change in existing federal law.”

      Let’s look at the first part of what Lee says; the FDA has not approved of marijuana so it cannot be “prescribed.”

      So what?!

      Tobacco isn’t prescribed. Alcohol isn’t prescribed… or at least it doesn’t require a prescription. Why doesn’t Lee just come out and say it? ;

      “We (i.e. the pharmaceutical companies like Celgene Corp that purchased the Christi Administration) don’t own the patent on marijuana so we can’t profit off of rescheduling it to schedule 2 where we can still throw people in prison like mr. Kadonsky for growing their own medicine.”

      Back to analysis, the court’s decision follows an obscure Supreme Court decision in ‘86 called the State v. Tate, where a quadriplegic man was charged with possession of marijuana… but Justice Clifford wrote that the “Commissioner of Health” in N.J. has the authority to reschedule marijuana.

      I wonder, Commissioner Lee, how does it feel to get your @$$ handed to you in Apellate Court by a convicted prisoner? Is it shame mixed with self-loathing? Can you even look at people in their eyes anymore? Do you do a Daily Affirmation in the mirror when you go home teling yourself “people like me” so you can find the balls to go to work and show your face the next day? How do you do it Lee?

      • Evening Bud says:

        Thanks for sharing that case with us, Julian. The justifications we hear from these prohibitionist advocates–even the legal ones–are often so shallow, easily disprovable or specious that you would think they’d be too embarrassed to show their faces. But there’s the Keebler Elf, himself, the country’s friggin’ AG, spouting that same type of nonsense. His letters to the Governors of Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska, filled with outright falsehoods and selective, misleading stats are prime examples of this.

        • Julian says:

          I’ve been fantasizing that Roy Moore will drop out of the Alabama Senate race, Sessions will drop out of AG as a write-in candidate then lose to Doug Jones.

          Ah, perchance to dream…

    2. Deb says:

      That is crazy! It does not do that.pain can cause addiction and your personality traits. Canibias is a herb that is natural unlike acholol and pain pills that are man made killers! People get addicted for many reasons young and old ! But if used as intended it is better that pain pilss and acholol.

      • mexweed says:

        Hey Deb, alcohol is even worse than “man-made”, if you eat too much high fructose corn sugar the “bad bacteria” in your gut turn some of it into noxious “higher” alcohols that cause depression and dumm you down so you spend money carelessly feeding the profits of walksmart and other monopoly “retailers”.
        .
        Check out Dr. Scott Olson and his “Sugarettes” theory that sugar causes 15,000,000 deaths a year worldwide compared to 6,000,000 by $igarettes and 2,500,000 by alcohol.

    3. Miles says:

      The response offered by Christie is about what I would expect from an ignorant jerk!

      I sure hope the people of New Jersey have learned their lesson…

    4. Todd says:

      Tyranny can mean “despite over 10,000 advocates communicating this information to the Commission, members of the committee have chosen to disregard it.”

      Founding Father of the United States Thomas Jefferson said, “If people let government decide which foods they eat and medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” The Commission “urges that the same mistake is not made with the uninformed rush to put another drug legally on the market in the midst of an overdose epidemic” despite NORML reporting “in recent months, dozens of peer-reviewed studies have concluded that legal cannabis access is associated with reduced rates of opioid use, spending, abuse, hospitalization, and mortality.”

      Abridged can mean “urge that the same mistake is not made with the uninformed rush”. Congress shall make no law …abridging … the right of the people … to petition the Government for a redress of grievances (Amendment 1).

      Compulsory process can mean to obtain “sophisticated outcome data on dose, potency, and abuse potential”. In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right …to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor (Amendment 6).

    5. AntiChristy says:

      Gov. Christie needs to go away. He is a HUGe bag of bloated crap and a dirty politician. Hope he goes to jail with all the other crooked politicians. BOO CHRIS CHRISTIE BOO !!!

    6. Mary Suggs says:

      New Jersey legislators are funded BIGLY by big pharma!! Shame on you for putting your own pockets ahead of benefits for the people..

    7. Julian says:

      Update on the Washington v. Sessions case;

      The judge granted an order for more time for the plaintiffs (Marvin Washington, Alexis Bortell, etc.) to respond to the defendant’s (Sessions, DEA, etc) Motion to Dismiss, (a motion which has not yet been granted or denied). The memorandum or “endorsement” for more time was granted yesterday:

      https://www.pacermonitor.com/public/case/22047318/Washington_et_al_v_Sessions_et_al

      Great! That gives us more time to dig up a money trail from Sessions, the DEA and some poisonous prescription drugs that Marvin and Alexis substituted with marijuana for safe treatment. I was focused on depakote for Alexis, assuming she probably was prescribed this terrible mislabeled synthetic poison before. (Links are on the previous hemp blog).

      But now it’s time to follow the Washington Post investigations into oxycontin, which we all know the NFL was giving to Marvin Washington during and after his career to treat his professional injuries. How do we spell the words “irreparable harm” and public interest”?
      This is how:

      DRAG THE SACKLERS INTO THIS CASE!

    8. the bigger ? how come Christie is not loosing any weight?

    9. Matt says:

      Uninformed fools…

      It is coming to your state, Mr. Christie, matter of time.

    10. Alice Worcester says:

      Personally I think they missed out on a viable option for the opioid addicts.I’ve shared this post and hope the politicians will open their minds to alternative herbal medications.

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