Warren To CDC: MMJ Can Treat Opioid Crisis

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Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren wrote Centers for Disease Control Director Tom Frieden this week. Her message: work with other federal agencies to investigate whether cannabis can help turn around the nation’s disastrous opioid epidemic.

Although she’s never openly embraced legalization, cannabis advocates have a ally in Warren. Last July, Warren led a group of eight Democratic Senators calling on those agencies to coordinate research on medical marijuana. The heads of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the Drug Enforcement Agency replied in October.

The response, which also included in-person staff briefings, “failed to answer key substantive questions.” Thus, seven weeks ago, Warren and her seven compatriots followed up with those agencies requesting more specific responses, and this week the Massachusetts progressive asked the CDC to help the effort.

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