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Ashley C. Bradford, Master of Public Administration student at the University of Georgia, and W. David Bradford, PhD, George D. Busbee Chair in Public Policy in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia, wrote in their Aug. 1, 2017 article titled "Why Jeff Sessions Is Going to Lose His War against Cannabis," available at washingtonpost.com:

“[T]he medical community has largely resolved the question of whether cannabis is clinically useful… Cannabis may prove to be a pain management strategy that could substitute for opioids for many desperate patients, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) acknowledges that cannabis may be an effective tool to combat the opioid crisis. Researchers studying the relationship between medical cannabis laws and opioid use have found that states with such laws have nearly a 25 percent reduction in opioid-related deaths. The contrast between opioids — which killed more than 33,000 Americans in 2015 — and cannabis could not be more striking.”

Aug. 1, 2017