A new study finds that legalizing cannabis lowers the demand for prescription drugs. The study was conducted by Cornell University, and researchers analyzed data from all 50 states between 2011 and 2019. In states that had legalized marijuana, there was a decline in prescriptions for drugs targeting pain, depression, anxiety, sleep loss, and other issues. The study also pointed to cannabis legalization saving the government money. One researcher, Shyam Raman, said, “the reductions in drug utilization that we find could lead to significant cost savings for state Medicaid programs. The results also indicate an opportunity to reduce the harm that comes with the dangerous side effects of some prescription drugs.” This study confirms what we already suspected about cannabis versus prescription drugs in many ways. As if it wasn’t already crystal clear, it’s time to legalize cannabis nationwide.
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