Attorney General Lynch’s response aligns with reports from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which conclude that, “the majority of people who use marijuana do not go on to use other, ‘harder’ substances.”   


  • Marijuana legalization in Colorado led to a “reversal” of opiate overdose deaths in that state, according to new research published in the American Journal of Public Health.  (The Washington Post, Christopher Ingraham  October 16, 2017)
  • Overall, after controlling for both medical marijuana and the prescription-drug-monitoring change, the study found that after Colorado implemented its recreational marijuana law, opioid deaths fell by 6.5 percent in the following two years. (The Washington Post, Christopher Ingraham  10/16/17)
  • Harvard University Finds Cannabis Cuts Tumor Growth in Half in Three Weeks  (Source:  Materials provided by American Association for Cancer Research)
    • After recreational marijuana laws were passed, perceived harm associated with marijuana use decreased among students in 8th and 10th grades in Washington state and use increased; neither perception nor use changed in Colorado after legalization.  (Published JAMA Pediatr. 2017;171(2):142-149; doi: doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.3624  Posted on RAND.org on 03/16/17)
    • Public health researchers generally agree that on balance, marijuana is a less harmful drug than alcohol. Booze, for instance, is more addictive than pot, and from a chemical standpoint, it’s far more toxic — and hence lethal — than marijuana.   (Christopher Ingraham   July 20, 2016  Washington Post )  
    • CBD for CTE is Transforming How Pro-Athletes Recover From Traumatic Brain Injury                                                             (Sep 6, 2018 – Michelle Janikian Presented By Green Roads)
    • The activation of CB1 Receptors reduces the sensation of pain in the animal body; THC is able to reduce pain.       (Christine Kielhorn PHD, Oct 29, 2017)
  • Medical marijuana could reduce opioid use in older adults; Study shows up to 65 percent of older adults who use medical marijuana significantly reduced their chronic pain and dependence on opioid painkillers   (Northwell Health, May 1, 2018)
  • Cannabis Is Curing Stomach And Bowel Diseases Considered Incurable.                                                           (Modern Medicine By Dr. Cheryl Strayed –  August 31, 2018)
  • U.S. states that have approved medical cannabis laws saw a dramatic reduction in opioid use, according to a new study.(University of Georgia, School of Public and International Affairs -04/02/18)


    • New Research Says Cannabis is Extremely Effective Against Depression and PTSD                                              (George Greer in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs)
  • One reason why safe regulated cannabis is needed.   A Cape Cod man was revived with two doses of Narcan after police said he overdosed — possibly on fentanyl-laced marijuana                                                                                   (By Jason Claffey, Patch Staff  | Aug 7, 2017 4:43 pm ET | Updated Aug 9, 2017)
    • “Voters and town officials should be aware that bans will do nothing to keep marijuana out of their towns. All the bans will do is keep criminals in charge of sales and drive consumers into markets where they might be exposed to dangerous, even deadly, product.”                                      (http://www.telegram.com/news/20170809/pot-in-yarmouth-may-have-been-laced-with-fentanyl)
    • Only 6 Regulated licenses can be issued in Bourne
  • Canada Has Just Passed a Landmark Bill Legalizing Recreational Marijuana  By LAIGNEE BARRON  June 20, 2018   (http://time.com/5316777/canada-legalizes-recreational-marijuana/)
  • But some point to the potential social benefits. Legalizing recreational marijuana will decrease imprisonment rates for minor offenses, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) says. “For decades, the failed War on Drugs has locked up millions of nonviolent drug offenders — especially for marijuana-related offenses — at an incredible cost of lost human potential, torn-apart families and communities, and taxpayer dollars,” he wrote in a Facebook post last summer.   By Zoe Chevalier, Staff Writer | Aug. 1, 2018,    USA News (https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/articles/2018-08-01/the-legalization-of-recreational-marijuana-an-economic-opportunity-for-states)  
  • Support for marijuana legalization reached new highs in 2017. A Gallup poll showed that 64% of Americans favor legalization, and a majority of Republicans back it for the first time. By Melia RobinsonJeremy Berke & Skye Gould  June 28, 2018  (https://www.businessinsider.com/legal-marijuana-states-2018-1)