WDTV – Days ago, a report put out by the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, says legalizing marijuana could have a major positive economic impact in the state. But house of delegates Cindy Frich, says legalizing marijuana in West Virginia is a slippery slope. Read/Watch
“We do have the worst drug problem in the country. When someone overdoses even from heroin, inevitably there is marijuana in their system. I think marijuana is a gateway drug, not a substitute. Once you’re loosened up, you’re going to experiment and move on to other things, potentially,” Frich (R-Monongalia) said.
Last week we also saw a string of heroin overdoses in Huntington, West Virginia, when 26 cases were reported within hours.
But although, marijuana is often considered a gateway drug, a study put out by the Journal of American Medical Associates in 2014, found that Medical cannabis laws are associated with significantly lower state-level opioid overdose mortality rates.