Attorney General Jeff Sessions says that the opioid crisis is caused by marijuana users, rather than the greed and deception of drug makers and distributors. Ring of Fire’s Mike Papantonio and Peter Mougey discuss this.

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Mike Papantonio: Jeff Sessions has come out and said that marijuana is causing the opioid epidemic. All the science says just the opposite, but Jeff Sessions says, “No. I don’t have any studies, but I can tell you that what’s happened here is, is the opioid crisis is being caused by marijuana.” What’s your take?

Peter Mougey: I think Sessions actually was quoted as saying that marijuana fuels the opiate epidemic, when the science is directly the opposite. What I loved, it was a, there’s a 2016 Journal of Pain, which is an industry journal. It’s not, we’re not talking about a left leaning organization. Journal of Pain found that marijuana use was associated with a 64% reduction in opiate use among patients with chronic pain because marijuana can be used to decrease chronic pain rather than taking it with opiates, without the longterm addictive nature of opiates. Sessions has got it all backwards.

Mike Papantonio:: What is this about? I mean, first of all, you’ve got all these states, they voted it.

Peter Mougey: Right.

Mike Papantonio:: I mean the votes have been overwhelming. I think in Florida it was 70% to be able to use medical …

Peter Mougey: A lot of people, the reason why it’s passing, not just recreational use but medicinal use of marijuana that reduces chronic pain. We mentioned earlier the opiates used for chronic pain with cancer. A lot of nausea. Well one of the effects of, positive effects of marijuana in a medicinal use is it reduces nausea associated with cancer patients. So instead of popping highly addictive opiates …

Mike Papantonio:: Yeah, 80 mg opiate, yeah.

Peter Mougey: You can smoke marijuana. It’s a great … Actually in the states that have legalized marijuana, they have less of an opiate problem than the states without it.

Mike Papantonio:: Interesting. The studies show…

Peter Mougey: You’d think Sessions would know that before he pops off. Absolutely.

Mike Papantonio:: The studies show that Sessions is making stuff up as he goes.

Mike Papantonio is an American attorney and television and radio talk show host. He is past president of The National Trial Lawyers, the most prestigious trial lawyer association in America; and is one of the few living attorneys inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. He hosts the international television show "America's Lawyer"; and co-hosts Ring of Fire Radio, a nationally syndicated weekly radio program, with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Sam Seder.