Medical marijuana could help decrease overdoses

Federally, marijuana is considered a Schedule 1 drug, meaning it is a dangerous substance of no medical value. It seems strange, then, that marijuana would be used to fight hard drug abuse and opioid overdoses, but that seems to be the case. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) pointed out, "States with medical cannabis laws had a 24.8 percent lower mean annual opioid overdose mortality rate." As more research is conducted and data like this begins to present itself, it won't be surprising when the benefits of marijuana are discovered, both in fighting medical illnesses as well as illnesses of addiction.