Study: Fewer painkiller deaths in states with medical marijuana

Study: Fewer painkiller deaths in states with medical marijuana

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A study is published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that in the 13 states that passed laws between 1999 and 2010 allowing medical marijuana, the number of people who died from overdosing on prescription painkillers, like Vicodin and OxyContin, fell by 25 percent.

The study suggests that patients are smoking marijuana to treat pain instead of taking prescription pain killers. But Dr. Robert Glatter of Lenox Hill Hospital told Fox 5 that the study is flawed and that he doesn't see any connection. He said he doesn't see a direct cause-and-effect relationship at this time.

Another study that included researchers from Yale University found that the more marijuana a couple smoked the less likely they were to physically abuse one another.

Meanwhile, the federal government wants to buy 12 acres to grow and research marijuana. The government wants growers who have the capability of altering the THC level, which is the main psychoactive component of pot, and also altering the medicinal properties.

Whoopi Goldberg is calling on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to increase the number of illnesses that medical marijuana can treat. She uses it for glaucoma, which New York's law does not cover. It does cover illnesses such as ALS, epilepsy, and AIDS.

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