West Virginia: Legalize Medical Marijuana
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West Virginia needs medical marijuana!
According to the Washington Post, West Virginia has the worst opioid overdose epidemic in the nation. A state program that provides help for needy families to bury their deceased loved ones is running out of money for the fifth year in a row.
In 2015, according to Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, West Virginia's opioid overdose death rate was 41.5 cases per 100,000 residents, nearly 3 times the national overdose rate and the highest in the nation.
A 2014 study on opioid overdose mortality in states where medical marijuana is legal concluded that "states with medical cannabis laws had a 24.8% lower mean opioid overdose mortality rate compared with states without medical cannabis laws".
Along with the opioid crisis that we currently face in West Virginia, medical marijuana has the potential to treat a large number of other illnesses. According to the Washington Post, drug companies often lobby federal groups to prevent medical marijuana laws.
Enough is enough! West Virginia needs medical marijuana now!
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