Why Marijuana Advocates Are Criticizing Chelsea Clinton

Article by Kyle Jaeger, ATTN


Chelsea Clinton made a pretty bold assertion about the health risks of marijuana during a campaign event in Ohio on Saturday. The daughter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton implied that multiple deaths in Colorado, where the substance is legal for medical and recreational purposes, could be attributed to pot.

After she acknowledged that, “anecdotally,” evidence supports the use of cannabis for treating certain medical conditions, Clinton said that “we also have anecdotal evidence now from Colorado where some of the people who were taking marijuana for [medical] purposes — the coroner believes, after they died, there was drug interactions with other things they were taking.”

There are at least two problems with Clinton’s claim, first reported by Marijuana.com.

The first is that there have never been any documented cases of fatal marijuana overdoses — and that includes deaths resulting from interactions between marijuana and other drugs. In fact, as ATTN:previously reported, researchers have found that, when combined with prescription drugs such as opioid-based painkillers, marijuana enhances the effects in a positive way.

“Cannabis can synergize with certain medications such as opiates to actually increase the analgesic, or pain relieving, effects of the drug,” Dr. Michele Ross, a cannabis researcher and founder of the IMPACT Network in Denver, Colorado, told ATTN: on Tuesday. “What it doesn’t seem to synergize with is the side effect of the drugs. So, for example, whereas opiates can depress your breathing, slow it down, cannabis will not enhance that.”


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