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As concerned Americans, we recognize that America’s opioid crisis has reached a catastrophic level. We cannot stand idly by as the residents of our cities, towns, and communities continue to fall victim to opioid addiction and overdose deaths. 

Across our country, 91 individuals die a day due to opioid overdose. We know that we must do more to address this growing epidemic, and protect our communities.

chronic-pain-opioid.jpgWe call on our State and Federal legislators to address this crisis head-on and recognize medical cannabis as an effective and safe means to mitigate this crisis.

Currently, the only option for many patients to treat their chronic pain is addictive prescription opioids that have long-term negative side effects. There are many individuals who benefit from medical cannabis programs. However, more can be done to ensure that patients have access to and doctors are educated in medical cannabis as a treatment option for severe, chronic pain.

We firmly believe that, in addition to the list of qualifying conditions recognized by legislatures and departments of health,  communities would be greatly served by allowing medical cannabis to be used to treat chronic pain and opioid use disorder.

Furthermore, we urge our federal legislators to support legislation, such as the CARERS Act, which enables states to operate their medical cannabis programs without fear of federal interference.

Providing an alternative to prescription opioids can save lives. Ninety-one deaths a day is far too many. One is too many.

Let us choose medical cannabis to end pain, not lives.

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