“Legalization and decriminalization of marijuana is likely to result in fewer overdoses that are caused by far more powerful substances,” said Darrin Duber-Smith, professor with the Metropolitan State University in Denver. “Marijuana can replace many dangerous substances for those who wish to use these types of drugs.”
Marijuana experts insist that cannabis is not a gateway drug to harder substances such as heroin or cocaine.
“There is no evidence that marijuana has ever caused an overdose resulting in death,” said Joseph Friedman, a pharmacist and member of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy’s (NASP) management of medical marijuana task force. “In fact, marijuana might help cure addictions and prevent drug overdoses.”
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