Marijuana safer than opioids, but moms shouldn't use

19 April, 2017, 10:27 | Author: Eloise Marshall
  • Most Americans approve of professional athletes using marijuana for pain

According to a poll released Monday by Yahoo and Marist, almost half of American parents who use cannabis say they have consumed it in front of their adult children or shared it with them. And 67 percent said that using a doctor's prescription for an opioid such as Vicodin nor OxyContin was a larger health risk than a marijuana prescription to control pain.

Most people who use marijuana do so for fun, with 86 percent of users saying they'd used pot during a party or social event with friends, and 78 percent saying they'd gotten high prior to a social event. The rest weren't sure. Meanwhile, 79 percent of Americans said they'd lose respect for a parent who used marijuana in front of his or her child. This is particularly reflected when respondents were surveyed in relation to them being children or parents.

Every day, an overdose of prescription opioids or heroin kills 91 people, and legions more are brought back from the brink of death.

Marijuana by itself is not fatal.

The survey, part of a comprehensive report by Yahoo days before April 20 - the unofficial worldwide holiday for cannabis consumers - revealed that 47 percent of parents are open with their children regarding marijuana use.

While medical and recreational marijuana is legal in some states across the country, cannabis is still illegal under federal law.

In February, the Trump administration signaled it would take a tougher stance toward enforcing federal drug laws than the Obama administration did, leading some to worry that states such as Denver, and now California, which have legalized pot for recreational use, will soon face a backlash.

The poll found that 52 percent of US adults have tried marijuana at least once and 56 percent of Americans find the drug "socially acceptable".

Another 16 percent say they stash marijuana as a precaution from being discovered by law enforcement.

There has been no action yet by the U.S. Justice Department or any other federal agencies to crack down on states violating the Controlled Substances Act, which bans pot for any use.

Of 1,122 adults that participated in the survey, 69% of respondents said athletes should use weed for pain relief purposes, while 24% disapproved of the practice.

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