USA. Legal marijuana states have lower opioid deaths
A remarkable new study from the USA has shown that states with legal medical marijuana showed fewer car crash deaths related to opioids (heroin/morphine). It is further evidence that when medical cannabis is legalized it reduces dependence on more dangerous prescription medications. The researchers analysed data from 18 states that tested for alcohol and other drugs in at least 80% of drivers who died within 1 hour of crashing. They found that drivers aged 21- 40 were about half as likely to test positive for opioids in states that had implemented medical marijuana laws (MMLs) as in states that had not.