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“Marijuana is Safer and More Effective than Most Prescription Painkillers,” but Medicinal Users Must Still Pass a Drug Test

As is often the case with all things relating to marijuana, controversy is the name of the game. People must still know how to pass a drug test even if using marijuana is in their best interest.


According to Dr. Phil Leveque, in a report published in the Salem News, marijuana is safer for pain management—and a number of other conditions—than oxycodone, hydrocodone, Demerol, and other non-opioids, including Fentanyl.
Dr. Leveque’s findings also suggest that marijuana is even easier on the human body than simple over-the-counter Tylenol, and most NSAIDs, such as Ibuprofen, among others, due to their overall negative impact on the liver over time. Yet, even after years of debate and arbitration, marijuana is still illegal in most states, and even in states where it is legal to use marijuana for medicinal purposes, those seeking employment or government assistance must still be able to pass a drug test.
The question, “Why so much controversy surrounding marijuana?” is a seemingly simply answered one—bipartisanship, litigation, and a basic misguided premise that marijuana prohibition is what is best for the country and for its citizens.
“It’s simply not true,” says Dave Dawkins, of “Marijuana is a known sort of cure-all, much as we thought aspirin was a hundred years ago. The primary difference is that people have been using marijuana successfully and with virtually no side effects for thousands of years. So if people who use marijuana should have to know how to pass a drug test, shouldn’t those who use mind-altering substances like codeine have to as well?”
The point Dawkins makes has not fallen on deaf ears. Many individuals and groups, including 2012 pro-marijuana presidential candidate Gary Johnson and NORML continue to urge policy makers to end the war on drugs.
Now that marijuana is legal even for recreational purposes in Colorado and in Washington state, it seems the tide is turning. But until marijuana legislation truly turns as 1930s prohibition laws did, many Americans will at some point in their personal or professional lives have to pass a drug test to hold on to their jobs or other benefits they have.


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