Today SAM issued a statement refuting the notion that states with medical marijuana have fewer opiate deaths. We have noticed that marijuana is an adjunct to opiate dependence and abuse, not a replacement. Here is what the SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) statement said:
Top-Line Understanding ( Download Full PDF Here):
A recent study found that before 2009, the existence of legally protected pot dispensaries in a state correlates with a lower number of opiate deaths in that state.
This correlation disappears after 2009. Authors interpret this as the “post-Ogden memo era” and surmise that pot dispensaries were more strictly controlled after 2009.
The study does not control for naloxone distribution
study from the University of Pittsburgh which denies the mental health hazards of marijuana is surprising, since there are many other scientific studies pointing to a causal or trigger relationship between marijuana use and psychosis potentially developing into schizophrenia. The Pittsburgh study is limited by its small size; reliance on self-reporting and lack of diversity. In fact, the sample size of 408 was 55% African American and included virtually no Hispanics or Asians. It began in 1987, when the THC in marijuana was lower. Read Dr. Christine Miller’s article on Marijuana Myths.
Research in the UK[i] reveals than one in four serious mental disorders are a result of “skunk” (i.e. high THC pot) including