Another day, another fight against the opioid crisis in the United States as Rep. Earl Blumenauer keeps fighting for medical marijuana reform in Congress. Mr. Blumenauer started his speech by saying how irresponsive it is of Congress to hold up this solution any longer.
Rep. Blumenauer also said that the challenges that drove people to abuse opioids should have never been allowed to happen in the first place.
We have spent over $1 trillion on a failed war on drugs that concentrates on prohibition and punishment instead of treatment, which would help people break the cycle of addiction.
He continued by saying how “most tragically, Congress continues to allow the Federal Government to have a stranglehold on research to be conducted to be able to definitely answer these questions.”
Medical marijuana has had a profound effect on chronic pain users, as Rep. Blumenauer pointed out in his congressional report.
92% chronic pain patients prefer medical marijuana over pills
In his report, Rep. Blumenauer cited Physician Guide to Cannabis-Assisted Opioid Reduction (Prepared by Adrianne Wilson-Poe, Ph.D.), which surveyed 3,000 chronic pain patients found the following:
- 97% “strongly agreed/agreed” that they could decrease their opioid use when using cannabis
- 92% “strongly agreed/agreed” that they prefer cannabis to treat their medical condition
- 81% “strongly agreed/ agreed” that cannabis by itself was more effective than taking opioids.
Rep. Blumenauer continued his exposure with a strong message:
I strongly urge my colleagues to join my friend, Dr. Andy Harris, and me on our research bill, H.R. 3391. There is no reason that the Federal Government denies research to be able to definitively answer these questions.
To sum up his presentation, Congressman Blumenauer went back to the opioid overdose numbers which simply cannot be ignored anymore.
“I am tired of looking at the opioid damage in my State and around the country and have Congress propose Band-aids when there is a simple, commonsense, widely accepted, and popular approach: allow people access to medical marijuana. The time to do it is now,” said Congressman Blumenauer.
Find the full Congressional transcript here.