Minneapolis Mayor: Easing marijuana laws could help prevent opioid abuse

– New research suggests opioid use is lower in states that have eased marijuana laws, and on Tuesday, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said he’s ready to make it legal if it means that marijuana could potentially save lives.

Responding to a study showing that people in states with looser marijuana laws use fewer opioids, Mayor Frey tweeted his support for legalizing recreational marijuana, saying “it’s a criminal and racial justice issue. It is an economic issue, and as researchers are demonstrating, it is an opioid issue that could save lives.”

“We’ve already decriminalized it in Minneapolis through an ordinance I authored a few years ago… to see full legalization, it would need to happen at the state level,” he said.

It took Colorado 12 years to go from legalizing medical marijuana to becoming one of the first states in the country to allow pot for personal use. So how long until recreational marijuana is legal in Minnesota?

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Study: Colorado opioid deaths down since marijuana legalized

Oct. 18 (via UPI) — Opioid-related deaths in Colorado fell by more than 6 percent since the state legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2014, new research has found.

According to a study published this month in the American Journal of Public Health, “Colorado’s legalization of recreational cannabis sales and use resulted in a 0.7 deaths per month reduction in opioid-related deaths.”

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Colorado UN Courtroom: Scent Not Enough For Car Search

Court: Scent not enough for car search

Because pot is legal in state, smell doesn’t constitute cause

The indication by a drug-sniffing police dog to the presence of controlled substances in a vehicle by itself is not enough to constitute probable cause for police to search that vehicle, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

In a precedent-setting case involving a Moffat County resident, a three-judge panel agreed that a police officer needs more cause to search a vehicle without permission from its owner.

That’s because it could be legal marijuana, the court ruled.

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Monthly marijuana sales of $100 million the ‘new norm’ in Colorado

Monthly marijuana sales of $100 million the ‘new norm’ in Colorado

Chalk up another milestone month for Colorado cannabis sales.

The $127.7 million worth of flower, edibles and concentrates purchased in May from the state’s marijuana shops didn’t set a record for monthly sales, though. That honor still goes to March of this year, when sales totaled $131.7 million, according to The Cannabist’s extrapolations of Colorado marijuana tax data.

May’s benchmark, rather, is one of consistency.  It marked the 12th consecutive month that Colorado marijuana sales topped $100 million.

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