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Congressman Earl Blumenauer: Medical Cannabis Is Safer Than Opioids

  • by Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director October 12, 2017
    Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) speaking a NORML Conference

    Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) speaking at a NORML Conference

    On Wednesday, October 11th, Congressional Cannabis Caucus Co-Chair Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) testified before the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health on how to deal with the opioid crisis in America.

    In his testimony, the Congressman makes the case for medical cannabis as a safer alternative to highly addictive opioids, especially for our veterans—as well as the need to remove barriers to medical cannabis research.

    It is well documented that medical marijuana access is associated with reduced rates of opioid use and abuse, opioid-related hospitalizations, opioid-related traffic fatalities, and opioid-related overdose deaths.

    Watch the video below and click here to send a message to your elected officials in support of the CARERS Act of 2017 in support of medical marijuana and click here to send a message to the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Opioid Commission to urge them to include medical marijuana as part of the national strategy to combat the opioid crisis.

    7 Responses to “Congressman Earl Blumenauer: Medical Cannabis Is Safer Than Opioids”

    1. Julian says:

      Done and Done.

      Thank you Representative Blumenauer for standing up for our veterans. And for standing up to the profiteers of the opioid crisis like the Sackler family. And for standing up to the blood-colored elephants in the room… with their own blood. We need more Republicans with a soul left in them to stand up and be Americans first or vote them out. Dana Rohrabacher may be a Russian spook but he’s right on marijuana and we need all the support we can get. We need bipartisan marijuana reform and we need it NOW.

    2. Miles says:

      Mr Blumenauer got this partly right. The fact is that recreational cannabis is also safer than opioids! It is much safer in fact! It sure would be nice if the republican congress could finally realize the stupidity of their anti-cannabis views. Many of them say they want cannabis kept illegal because it is dangerous for the nations youth. I say Bullshit! It is dangerous to lock them and others up for it. That is dangerous and has ruined more lives than legalization ever could.

      • mexweed says:

        You’re partly right, locking up kids where they will be among a high percentage of tobacckgo $iggerette addicts is dangerous– but the life-ruining effects of the Conviction itself include a $igbutt smudge on your record, disqualification to attend higher education and get a high-wage-earning diploma, disqualification to marry an upstanding person from mentally healthy family, destroyed credit rating, etc. etc. Former inmate/convictees may be prevented from voting for any alternative to prohibitionist republicans, hmmm.

    3. Evening Bud says:

      Also Done and Done. I do wish these politicos would make a separate category for legalization–never quite sure what “topic” to put it under when sending missives to my Sens and Congresscritters.

      • Miles says:

        When sending cannabis related messages I choose the “Civil Rights” category. “Health” might be another reasonable choice.

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