Days ago news broke when White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer promised there will be “greater enforcement” by the Department of Justice against recreational weed. During the press conference, Spicer made a distinction between medical and recreational marijuana:
“The president understands the pain and suffering that many people go through who are facing especially terminal diseases and the comfort that some of these drugs, including medical marijuana, can bring to them. But, there’s a big difference between that and recreational marijuana. And I think that when you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people.”
However, Spicer’s attempt to connect marijuana use to opioid abuse is wrong: evidence supports that there is no link between the two, and in fact, psychedelic drug use can even reduce the use of opioid dependence.