Jeff Sessions has come out and said that marijuana is causing the opioid epidemic. All the science says just the opposite. Ring of Fire’s Mike Papantonio and Peter Mougey discuss this issue.

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Mike Papantonio: Interesting thing, Jeff Sessions, we got a short period of time here. But 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 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 and what I loved, there’s a 2016 Journal of Pain, which is an industry journal. So we’re not talking about a left winging organization. Journal 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 taken with opiates without the long-term 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. I mean, the votes have been overwhelming. I think in Florida it was 70% to be able to use medical-

Peter Mougey: [crosstalk 00:01:13] passing a lot of, 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 positive effects of marijuana in a medicinal use is it reduces nausea associated with cancer patients. So instead of popping highly addictive opiate [crosstalk 00:01:37] you can smoke marijuana. Actually in the states that have legalized marijuana, they have less of an opiate problem than the states without it.

Mike Papantonio: Interesting [crosstalk 00:01:47] 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.