Medical Pot Is Our Best Hope to Fight the Opioid Epidemic

“There are direct reasons why [cannabis] could actually help people get off of opioids,” says one leading marijuana researcher. Last year, a pharmaceutical company called Insys Therapeutics gave half a million dollars to the campaign to stop marijuana legalization in Arizona. The Phoenix-based company’s flagship product is a prescription opioid spray made from fentanyl, an incredibly addictive and deadly drug estimated to be 50 times stronger than heroin. Cannabis, Insys knew, could disrupt the $24…

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