Medical Marijuana Reduces Opioid Prescriptions, Another Study Finds

Medical Marijuana Reduces Opioid Prescriptions, Another Study Finds

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Congress Could Vote On These Marijuana Amendments Next Week (Unless GOP Blocks Them Again) Voters Across Wisconsin Will Weigh In On Marijuana Legalization This November Newspapers have generally treated marijuana with a neutral, unbiased attitude, according to new research. But the report, which examined how the press covers cannabis, also revealed which publications have been the most and least weed-friendly. The study, published in the journal Preventative Medicine Reports, analyzed 640 marijuana-related articles across a variety of national and regional newspapers from 1995 to 2014. While the intent of the study was to demonstrate how media coverage of certain issues relates to public opinion, it also showed just how positively, neutrally or negatively mainstream papers have reported on marijuana. Here’s the percentage of marijuana stories with “positive” tones in ten newspapers. The Columbus Dispatch: 37.1% The New York Times: 37% The Seattle Times: 35.8% The Washington Post: 32.4% The San Francisco Chronicle: 31.9% Tulsa World: 28.2% The Tampa Tribune: 21.5% The Dallas Morning News: 21.2% The Wall Street Journal: 17.4% The Denver Post: 13.8% It might come as a surprise that a paper based in Colorado, one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, would have a lower percentage of positive cannabis stories than papers in Texas and Oklahoma—or that Ohio’s Columbus Dispatch would come out on top—but bear in mind that the study’s analysis cutoff was 2014. A lot has happened on the cannabis news front over the past four years, including the rollout and expansion of the legal industry and media coverage of the subject. Still, the researchers made several other significant findings. Perhaps one of the more obvious is that liberal-leaning papers tended to approach marijuana stories with a more positive tone compared to conservative-leaning competitors. But when it comes to how marijuana news stories […]

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