In light of two new major studies linking legal marijuana with fewer opioid prescriptions, Mayor of Minneapolis Jacob Frey lent his full support to legalize the green herb.
Minneapolis is a city in the state of Minnesota, where recreational marijuana is illegal, but permitted for medical use. Possession of personal amounts was decriminalized in 1976.
On Tuesday, Mayor Frey tweeted that marijuana legalization has his full supports based on two studies released the day before by the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
The two studies find evidence that marijuana legalization may reduce the prescribing of opioids in the United States. Over-prescribing is considered a key factor in the opioid epidemic.
“It is an economic issue, and as researchers are demonstrating, it is an opioid issue that could save lives.”
“We’ve already decriminalized it in Minneapolis through an ordinance I authored a few years ago… to see full legalization, it would need to happen at the state level.”A Matter of Time
John Applebaum, State Representative from Minnesota, introduced a bill removing the prohibition on marijuana.
So far, Applebaum did not get a hearing, but he believes Minnesota is two to four years away from full legalization.
Colorado was the first to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012, but it took the state 12 years to fully legalize marijuana after legalizing medical cannabis.