Senator Warren Asks The CDC To Look At Marijuana As Potential Cure For Opioid Overdose Rate


Embarrassed by the failure of the CDC to rein in our nation’s catastrophic opioid habit, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) fired off a letter to the director of the Centers for Disease Control on Monday. According, her request was straightforward and on point: The CDC should collaborate with other federal agencies and explore the very real possibility that cannabis could play a critical role in helping wean the country from its savage addiction to opioids.

While Sen. Warren has yet to openly get on her soapbox and embrace the full legalization of marijuana in the U.S., reformers have a serious friend in the Massachusetts Democrat. Last summer, Sen. Warren spearheaded a seemingly commonsense request when she and fellow progressives asked that a collective effort be put forth on the research of marijuana’s medicinal value by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Underwhelmed by the totality of their response, Sen. Warren’s recent letter to the head of the CDC, Dr. Thomas Friedan, has now asked they step in and get to work. Imploring them to “explore every opportunity” and to utilize every “tool available” to help fight the national menace of opioid addiction.

Warren’s letter specifically asked the CDC to drill down on one fundamental issue, “the use, uptake and effectiveness of medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids for pain treatment in states where it is legal” in addition to “the impact of the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana on opioid overdose deaths.”



Tasked with increasing the health security of our nation, imagine for a moment if the CDC decided to help end our national ignorance of cannabinoids?

View Sen. Warren’s entire letter to the CDC here



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Born in Long Beach, raised on the central coast: I surf, dab, burn, and blog – though not necessarily in that order. I'm a husband, a father and a lifelong consumer of connoisseur grade weed. I don't drink alcohol or consume any other "drugs." I consider myself to be living proof that weed is not a gateway drug. If it were, I'd be in some serious trouble. Instead, as a 50-year-old ex-realtor that has been smoking weed for nearly 80% of my life (just did the math) ... I can only say, marijuana is safer than prescription pills or alcohol could ever hope to be for calming what stirs the savage beast.


  1. The US should just go to Mexico and destroy the heroin fields! Its called naplam! What is Mexico going to do about it? Nothing!

    • James DuMouchel on

      We don’t see that many drug warriors on this site. You apparently still haven’t figured out that Drug Prohibition, no matter which drug, makes us less safe, not more. Visit the L.E.A.P. website to learn how you got bamboozled.

  2. Nancy Anderson-Price on

    If anyone in Washington D.C. can carry 2 ounces (or less) in the UNITED STATES, then it should be the same EVERYWHERE WITHIN AMERICA! Anything different is HYPOCRISY!

  3. I totally concure with Senator Warren’s request for research.
    One significant hurtle we shall all incure if 420 is classified as a Rx medicine. The State & Conunty sales tax would no longer apply! Thus States which impose a tax will loose millions $.

  4. Ahimsa Porter Sumchai on

    Her action is based on an irrefutable research study appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2014 showing a decline in opioid deaths in states where marijuana had been legalized or decriminalized for medical use.

  5. It is unfortunate that the research that has been done to date isn’t adequate enough to move forward already! But what Warren is doing will hopefully help the cause though I wouldn’t expect a tremendous response right away. I believe it’s easier for each of the agencies to continue doing just what they’re doing without collaborating with each other. Seems an outsider to these organizations might be who brings it all together.

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