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Minneapolis Mayor: Easing marijuana laws could help prevent opioid abuse

By Maury Glover

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.

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