A top U.S. Democrat is one of the latest figures buttressing support in favor of marijuana amid what is currently described as the “opioid crisis.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who represents San Francisco in Congress, has long been a supporter of medical cannabis, said at a press conference last week that marijuana could offer a much better treatment to relieve pain.
“Marijuana, yoga, all kinds of other things that are homeopathic but are not addictive in this dangerous way,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi showed defiance in her public comment when she said: “Doctors say, ‘Don’t tell us how many pills we can prescribe.’ Well maybe we should.”
“Others say there are other ways to relieve stress and relieve pain and that you don’t need opioids in the first place. We are too reliant to transition from them.”
Her statement was in support of a funding legislation recently filed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD).
The bill, introduced in April, is set to provide $100 billion in funding over 10 years to address the opioid crisis, which is leading to thousands of deaths each year.
The two lawmakers argue that the opioid crisis needs to be treated like the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
They modeled their bill after the bipartisan Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act, which passed in 1990 to boost funding to state and local governments to combat the HIV and AIDS, The Hill reported.