4. Medical marijuana could curb opioid abuse Legalization has helped curb prescription drug, or opioid, overdose deaths, according to a study conducted by Dr. Colleen Barry, a research professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Barry’s study was published last year by The Journal of the American Medical Association. Even though there could be multiple reasons for fewer prescription drug overdose deaths, it is a strong possibility that the availability of medical marijuana has changed the behavior of people who are addicted to and abuse opioids, Barry testified. 5. Tracking with data and technology If legalized, medical marijuana distribution in Pennsylvania would be regulated by a Medical Cannabis Licensing Board.
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