Patients who live in states where medical marijuana is legal are less likely to use opioids to treat their chronic pain. That's according to a recent study by three Florida International University professors who sought to examine the effect of cannabis laws on opioid use.

The study also concluded that although medical marijuana laws corresponded with less reliance on opioids, those same laws did nothing to mitigate the misuse of opioids.

In other words, people currently abusing the drugs won't likely be affected by changing medical marijuana laws in their states.

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Kristine Gill ~ MiamiNewTimes.com

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