Master of Public Administration Student at the University of Georgia
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
"[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...
States benefit directly. Our work on Medicaid spending shows that they saved money — as much as $98 million in the case of California in 2014 — when they implemented medical cannabis laws in an environment in which the federal government took a hands-off attitude."
Cowritten with W. David Bradford, "Why Jeff Sessions Is Going to Lose His War against Cannabis," washingtonpost.com, Aug. 1, 2017